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Pellico, Silvio

Born: 1789 AD
Died: 1854 AD
Nationality: Italian
Categories: Dramatist

1789 – Born on June 25th in Saluzzo, Sardinia. Italian dramatist.

1810 – He returned to Milan, where he became professor of French in the Collegio degli Orfani Militari.

1818 – His tragedy Francesca da Rimini was brought out with success by Carlotta Marchionni at Milan.

1820 – Pellico was arrested on the charge of carbonarism and conveyed to the Santa Margherita prison.

1821 – He composed several Cantiche and the tragedies Ester d’Engaddi and Iginia d’Asti.

1822 – The sentence of death pronounced on him in February was finally commuted to fifteen years carcere duro, and in the following April he was placed in the Spielberg at Brünn.

1830-1831 – After his release, he commenced the publication of his prison compositions, of which the Ester was played at Turin, but immediately suppressed.

1832 – Appeared his Gismonda da Mendrizio, Erodiade and the Leoniero, under the title of Tre nuovi tragedie, and in the same year the work which gave him his European fame, Le Mie Prigioni, an account of his sufferings in prison.

1833-1837 – His tragedy Tommaso Moro had been published, his most important subsequent publication being the Opere inedite.

1854 – Died on January 31st in Turin, Italy.