Cambridge Readings in Italian Literature (Classic Reprint)

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The Editor of this volume desires to present a picture of Italian thought in the 19th century. The book is of necessity sketchy, fragmentary and superficial; as with persons, so with peoples and countries - the more you love them, if you love them intelligently, the less adequate any description becomes. But the Italy of the present is really an unknown country in England. Even those who read Italian have rarely penetrated into the intellectual life of modern Italy beyond Manzoni, Carducci or d' Annunzio, Matilde Serao or Grazia Deledda. Certain authors, like Mazzini, are well known by name, but their writings are rarely read. This has suggested the guiding lines of these Readings.

The period they cover extends from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the War. Hence certain outstanding names such as Parini's and others will not be found; and, with one or two exceptions, the literature of the War is excluded. If dealt with as a national manifestation, the War would require per volume to itself, like Signor Prezzolini's interesting attempt in his Anthology Tutta la Guerra. The theatre has also been omitted, for it would have been impossible to give extracts from plays without exceeding the limited space available.

The light is not concentrated upon the great names of the past, but is distributed over as many currents of. life as space and opportunity allowed. Little prominence is therefore given to well-known authors; much space is allotted to others whose very names are unknown here, although they may have secured a permanent place in the esteem and affection of their fellow-countrymen.

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    Matteo Carletti

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