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Friday, August 30, 2013

Gabriele d'Annunzio

I found in the NY Times section of Books a review of a new biography of the prolific and charismatic writer, considered by many the greatest Italian poet since Dante. The author of the biography is Lucy Hughes-Hallett, a British cultural historian, who argues that d'Annunzio both exemplified and promoted the most extreme strain of turn-of-the-century Italian nationalism, and his poems, plays, novels and journalism conveyed a disgust and boredom with the contemporary world and a longing for a more heroic era — one in which supermen like himself, unbound by tradition, could bring art and beauty to a world desperately in need of them. You can read the NY Times review at:

(Una Vita Tra I Libri)



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