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Gozzi, Carlo Conte

Born: 1720 AD
Died: 1806 AD, at 85 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Dramatist


1720 - Born on December 13th in Venice. A poet, prose writer, and dramatist, a fierce and skillful defender of the traditional Italian commedia dell'arte form against the dramatic innovations of Pietro Chiari and Carlo Goldoni.

         - He became a member of the Accademia dei Granelleschi, whose conservative feelings with regard to the native literary traditions he shared, and ere long began an attack upon the dramatic methods of both of the leading playwrights of the time, Chiari and Goldoni.

1756 - He published a satirical poem, La tartana degli influssi per l'anno.

         - He prepared some plays based on Spanish dramas in opposition to the spread of the sentimental drama as represented by the drame larmoyant and tragédie bourgeoise of French origin.

1761-1762 - His best-known works include the comedy, Fiaba dell' amore delle tre melarance (The Love of the Three Oranges) and Re Turandot (made into an opera by Puccini).

         - Among other works from him was a chivalrous and romantic poem of satiric import, practically a mock-heroic, the "Marfisa bizzarra"; the almanac entitled "Tartana degl' Influssi", which has attacks on Goldoni and Chiari; and the autobiographical "Memorie della sua vita".

1806 - Died on April 4th in Venice.


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