Giuseppe Rovani

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Giuseppe Rovani
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Born (1818-01-12)12 January 1818
Died 26 January 1874(1874-01-26) (aged 55)
Occupation novelist, essayist
Nationality Italian
Literary movement Scapigliatura
Notable works Cento Anni

Giuseppe Rovani (12 January 1818–26 January 1874) was an Italian novelist and essayist.

Rovani was born in Milan. He was known for criticism of historical novels of the Romantic style, which were popular in Italy at the time and whose stereotypes and old fashioned plots he pointed out. He wrote Lamberto Malatesta (1843), Valenzia Candiano (1843) and Manfredo Pallavicino (1845-1846). He took part in the Italian Risorgimento and was a forerunner of the Milanese Scapigliatura.[1]

His masterwork is the novel Cento Anni (1859-1864) which, together with Ippolito Nievo's Confessioni di un italiano, had an important impact on the evolution of Italian novel.

A marble gravestone on the wall of a crypt
Rovani's grave at the Monumental Cemetery of Milan, Italy

Rovani died in Milan in 1874. His body was embalmed by Paolo Gorini and was buried in the Cimitero Monumentale di Milano.


  1. ^ Garbin, Barbara (2006). "Giuseppe Rovani (1818–1874)". Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies, Vol. 1, pp. 1627–1629. Routledge. ISBN 1579583903

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