Carlo Dossi

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Carlo Dossi
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BornCarlo Alberto Pisani Dossi
(1849-03-27)March 27, 1849
DiedNovember 10, 1910(1910-11-10) (aged 61)
Occupationnovelist, essayist
Literary movementScapigliatura
Notable worksL'altrieri. Vita di Alberto Pisanti
La desinenza in A
Note azzurre
SpouseCarlotta Borsani

Carlo Alberto Pisani Dossi (born March 27, 1849 in Zenevredo; died November 19, 1910, Cardina, Como) was an Italian writer, politician and diplomat. He belonged to the Scapigliati.[1]

In 1892 he became a diplomat in Colombia, where he married Carlotta Borsani, with whom he had three children. He came to Athens in 1895, there developing an appreciation for archeology.

He was an atheist.[2] Dossi was a politician.


  • Before I've read them, I never write my name into the books I buy, because only after that I can call them mine.
  • In many endeavors to gain glory, not the goal is important, but the struggle.
  • Madmen open the paths which are later traversed by the wise.
  • Why do people avoid being alone? Because only few are in good company when left with themselves.
  • Some open roads today so that others may pass tomorrow.
  • Where the eyes willingly fall, so does the heart, and eventually the feet.


  • L'altrieri. Nero su bianco (1868)
  • Vita di Alberto Pisani (1870)
  • Elvira, elegia (1872)
  • Il regno dei cieli (1873)
  • Ona famiglia de cialapponi (1873)
  • Ritratti umani, dal calamajo di un mèdico (1873)
  • La colonia felice (1874)
  • La desinenza in A (1878)
  • Gocce d'inchiostro (1880)
  • Ritratti umani. Campionario (1885)
  • Amori (1887)
  • Fricassea critica d'arte, letteratura e storia (1906)
  • Rovaniana (1944)
  • Note azzurre (1912-1964)

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  1. ^ Peter Bondanella (ed.), Andrea Ciccarelli (ed.): The Cambridge Companion to the Italian Novel, Cambridge University Press 2003; p. 4.
  2. ^ Linati, Carlo, Dossi, Garzanti, Milano, 1944, p. 452.