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Quasimodo, Salvatore

Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1968 AD
Nationality: Italian
Categories: Critics, Poets

1901 – Born in Modica, Sicily on the 20th of August.

1917 – Quasimodo founded the short-lived Nuovo giornale letterario, on which he published his first poems.

1919 – He graduated in the local Technical College. In Messina he also make friends with Giorgio La Pira, future mayor of Florence.

1919 – He moved to Rome to finish his engineering studies, but his poor economical conditions forced him to find a work as technical drawer.

1929 – Invited by Elio Vittorini, who had married Quasimodo’s sister, he moved to Florence.

1930 – He was received from Italy’s Civil Engineering Corps a job in Reggio Calabria.

1931 – He was transferred to Imperia and then to Genoa.

1932 – He published with them a new collection, Oboe sommerso.

1934 – Quasimodo moved to Milan.

1938 – He devoted himself entirely to writing, working with Cesare Zavattini and for Letteratura, official review of the Hermetic movement.

         – He published Poesie, followed the translations of Lirici Greci.

1946 – He publisher another collection, Giorno dopo giorno.

1950-1958 – Quasimodo won the following awards, Premio San Babila, Premio Etna-Taormina, Premio Viareggio.

1959 – The Nobel Prize for Literature.

1967 – He received honoris causa degrees from the Universities of Messina and Oxford, respectively.

1968 – Died on the 14th of June.