American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Manzoni, Alessandro 1785-1873. Italian writer best known for his romantic novel The Betrothed (1825-1827), considered one of the greatest works of modern Italian fiction.
- n. Italian novelist and poet (1785-1873)
“Verdi honored this patriarch of Italian literature with his great memorial, the "Manzoni" requiem.”
“To be sure, our writers of the first rank, such as Manzoni and Rosmini, had no historical connection with Mazzini; but they had the same general tendency as Mazzini.”
“Manzoni is the absolute minimalist with his "Achrome" series, seemingly white surfaces that suggest both fragility and solidity An example at Sotheby's from circa 1959 is estimated at £700,000-£1 million; another at Christie's from 1958-59, at £2.2 million-£2.8 million.”
“This oxymoronic exhibition with its marquee names—Jean Dubuffet, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Robert Rauschenberg, Julian Schnabel and Andy Warhol, among nearly 30 others—is an object lesson in just how much—or how little—you can do to a substrate most often canvas, with tedious results.”
“But Manzoni continued to revise his novel and to form in it a standard and style for the Italian language, settling on the use of the Tuscan dialect for all of Italy.”
“Born into an aristocratic, liberal and literary family, Manzoni was a mild and reserved figure with a poetic sensitivity.”
“Literary historians like to say that Manzoni 1785-1873 was influenced by Sir Walter Scott, particularly "Ivanhoe.”
“Begun in 1821 and published in three volumes in 1827 when Manzoni was 42, "The Betrothed" was an immediate success and introduced a new genre, the historical novel.”
“The death of Napoleon in 1821 stirred Europe and apparently Manzoni, who celebrated it in a popular and widely translated ode, "The Fifth of May.”
“I also benefited from and recommend Natalia Ginzburg's innovative biography "The Manzoni Family.”
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