Leopardi: A Study in Solitude

Leopardi: A Study in Solitude

by Iris Origo
     
 

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) is widely considered the greatest Italian poet since Dante, He was a scholar and philosopher whose out standing scholarly and philosophical works and superb poetry place him in the pantheon of great nineteenth-century writers.

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Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) is widely considered the greatest Italian poet since Dante, He was a scholar and philosopher whose out standing scholarly and philosophical works and superb poetry place him in the pantheon of great nineteenth-century writers.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In effect Italy's Keats, Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) is the great 19th-century lyric poet in Italian. Anglo-American expatriate Origo (1902-1986) published her stylish life of the melancholy, lonely hunchback author in 1935 and followed with a revised edition in 1953, as well as with a study of Byron. It remains (but for lack of an index) a useful introduction to the poet, whose career and emotional life were confined by insensitive and strictly religious parents, his spinal disability and poor eyesight that left him half-blind. A tormented, passionate genius, he poured out, in pain, his thwarted hopes for love and freedom and fame in intense, brilliant poetry here extracted in Origo's own translations. His escapes from the family's stifling hill-town palazzo in Recanti to Rome, Florence and Naples were all brief, ending in illness, poverty and finally death in a cholera epidemic--an end he welcomed. Five years earlier, having already given up the prospect of fulfillment, he had written that there were truths men refused to believe--"that they know nothing, and... that they are nothing. And... that there is nothing to hope for after death." Origo evokes the bittersweet, unlived life with sufficient sympathy and clarity to warrant bringing her biography back into print. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885983442
Publisher:
Turtle Point Press
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 9.03(h) x 1.25(d)

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Shirley Hazzard
Great sensibilities are born into exile. As he came to an understanding of his powers, and of the cold seclusion of his existence at Recanati, Leopardi was not a first to feel homesickness for a setting he had never known�Shirley Hazzard, from the introduction
George Santayana
Leopardi lived in a romantic tower, a dismal, desolate ruin; but through the bars of his prison he beheld the same classic earth and Olympian sky that had been visible to Homer, Pindar, and Sophocles.

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