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Alessandro Manzoni

(1785-1873 / Italy)

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Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni (7 March 1785 – 22 May 1873) was an Italian poet and novelist. He is famous for the novel The Betrothed, one of the major works of Italian literature.

Manzoni was born in Milan, Italy, on 7 March 1785. Pietro, his father, aged about fifty, belonged to an old family of Lecco, originally feudal lords of Barzio, in the Valsassina. The poet's maternal ... more »

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  • When a friend, then, indulges in the joy of unburdening a secret on to another friend's bosom, he makes the latter, in his turn, feel the urge to taste the same joy himself. He implores him, it is tru...
    Alessandro Manzoni (1785-1873), Italian novelist, poet, dramatist. The Betrothed, ch. 11 (1827, trans. 1951).
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