Guido da Verona

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Guido da Verona (the pseudonym of Guido Verona) (7 May 1881 – Milan, 5 April 1939) was an Italian poet and novelist.

Born in Saliceto Panaro to a Jewish family, Verona started his career as a poet in 1901 with the poetry collection Commemorazione del fatto d'arme di Brichetto, followed by I frammenti d'un poema (1902) and Bianco amore (1907).[1]

He gained a larger popularity as a novelist, starting from 1911 when he published his first novel Colei che non si deve amare, considered among the most representative examples of the Italian Feuilleton.[2] He later was the most commercially successful Italian writer between 1914 and 1939:[3] particularly his novel Mimì Bluette, fiore del mio giardino, which reached 300,000 copies in 1922, an impressive run in Italy where illiteracy characterized the majority of the population.[4]

He was a signatory to the Manifesto of Fascist intellectuals in 1925; in 1929 he published a parody novel of Alessandro Manzoni's The Betrothed, that actually was an implicit satire against fascism.[5]

He became an intellectual unpopular with the Fascist regime and marginalized after the approval of racial laws. Da Verona committed suicide in Milan at age 57.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Enzo Magrì. Guido Da Verona, L’ebreo Fascista. Pellegrini Editore, 2005. ISBN 8881012782. 
  2. ^ Giovanna De Angelis, Stefano Giovanardi. Storia della narrativa italiana del Novecento: 1900-1922. Feltrinelli Editore, 2004. ISBN 8807817993. 
  3. ^ Raffaele De Berti. Dallo schermo alla carta. Vita e Pensiero, 2000. ISBN 8834306368. 
  4. ^ Giorgio Luti, Il novecento, volume 2, Piccin, 1993 ISBN 8829910201.
  5. ^ Enrico Tiozzo. Il romanzo blu, Volume 2. Aracne, 2006. ISBN 8879996223. 
  6. ^ Tommaso Scappaticci. Lo scrittore al bivio: studi sulla letteratura del Novecento. Pellegrini Editore, 2004. ISBN 8881012111. 

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