Anita Garibaldi: A Biography

Anita Garibaldi: A Biography

by Anthony W. Valerio


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Anita Garibaldi: A Biography by Anthony W. Valerio

Illiterate and poor, the daughter of a herdsman in 19th century Brazil, Anita Ribeiro was lifted from a life of obscurity to one that is the stuff of romance and adventure. When she and a young Italian exile by the name of Captain Garibaldi met in 1839, they joined in the cause of founding a Brazilian republic. Later they went on to lead the defense of Montevideo from an Argentine siege—just one episode among many in their idealistic, nationalistic crusade in a time of immense revolutionary upheaval. It was Anita who taught Garibaldi the guerrilla ways of the gauchos, and they lived as man and wife through a series of adventure and wars. Returning to Italy in 1848 to fight for a united republican Italy, as revolution swept throughout Europe, Anita and Garibaldi were tragically separated by her untimely death the following year. Garibaldi went on to ultimate fame as the father of modern Italy—while Anita's story drifted into the mists of legend. This book, the first full biography of the remarkable life of Anita Garibaldi, tells the true story of a fascinating and important woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780275969387
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/2000
Series: Italian and Italian American Studies
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anthony Valerio is the author of four books and numerous articles./e He has taught at New York University and the City University of New York.

Table of Contents


Brazil (1821-1841)

A Childhood

A Girl without a Father

The Gift of Land

Revolution in Exchange

Night Moves

Occupation amid Cheers

Saudade, or the Sadness of Parting

From Tempest to Calm

Courtship Under Fire

The Agony of Happiness

Combat at Sea

Defend and Retreat

Garibaldi's Treasure

Shadows of Memory

Guerrilla Chief

Menotti, Child of Victory

Disastrous Retreat

Uruguay (1841-1848)

Montevideo, Big City

An Honest Woman

Battles with Brown

Under Siege

The Red Shirt


The Virtue of Darkness

A World of Gracious Things

The Glory of Salto


Passage to Italy

Italy (1848-1849)

A Woman of Leisure

Speranza, or Hope

The Lago Maggiore Campaign

Mr. & Mrs. Risso

Reunion in Rieti


House of the Four Winds

End of a Dream

The Retreat (July-August 1849)

The Hunted


San Marino


Anita's Death



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In Valerio's hand, Anita Garibaldi emerges as the courageous but vulnerable woman from southern Brazil, whose singular and precious spirit was caught in the times. 'Anita Garibaldi' is a romance discovered in history's embrace. Valerio creates the Brazilian ethos in its emerald presence as the brilliant nerve in Garibaldi's brave but short time.