A Need to Testify

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A Need to Testify continues Iris Origo's tradition of biography characterized by learning, tempered with modesty, enthusiasm, and participation in the lives of her fellow human beings. In this case, she writes about four antifascists, friends of Origo's and each other, in pre-World War II Italy, who worked tirelessly for the end of Mussolini and his government. Italian writers Lauro de Bosis, Gaetano Salvemini, and Ignazio Silone were joined by American monologist Ruth Draper in working to undermine the ...
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Overview

A Need to Testify continues Iris Origo's tradition of biography characterized by learning, tempered with modesty, enthusiasm, and participation in the lives of her fellow human beings. In this case, she writes about four antifascists, friends of Origo's and each other, in pre-World War II Italy, who worked tirelessly for the end of Mussolini and his government. Italian writers Lauro de Bosis, Gaetano Salvemini, and Ignazio Silone were joined by American monologist Ruth Draper in working to undermine the government. Origo, whose sympathies went out to Italy and its people, paints a warm portrait of each character and his or her struggle - in one case, to the death - against the opposition.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780151649891
  • Publisher: Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/1/1984
  • Series: A Helen and Kurt Wolff Bk.
  • Edition description: 1st American ed
  • Pages: 272

Meet the Author

Iris Origo, born in America of Anglo-Irish background, moved to Italy as a child. In 1924 she married Antonio Origo, and Italian nobleman; during the German occupation of World War II, they secretly hid Allied prisoners of war. She wrote many books of history, biography, and memoirs.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
I Biography: True and False 11
II Lauro de Bosis: Icarus 51
III Ruth Draper: And Her Company of Characters 115
IV Gaetano Salvemini: The Man Who Would Not Conform 183
V Ignazio Silone: A Study in Integrity 269
App. I The Story of My Death 339
App. II The Leaflets which de Bosis Dropped on Rome 340
Notes 345
Index 370
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