Giuseppe Antonio Borgese

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  • Ruggero D'Alessandro

Giuseppe Antonio Borgese (Polizzi Generosa, Palermo 1882 – Fiesole, Florence 1952) can undoubtedly be described as having one of the most versatile minds of all Italian intellectuals of the first half of the last century. This mental dexterity developed during such historic moments as the unrest created by the Crocean culture (Benedetto Croce, 1866-1952) of the early twentieth century, the nationalism of the D’Annunzio (Gabriele D’Annunzio, 1863-1938) interventionists in 1914/15, and his clash with fascism. Time spent living in the United States and his return to Italy a few years after the end of World War II were also a factor. His most obvious trait was his capacity to switch between various fields and strands of …

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D'Alessandro, Ruggero. "Giuseppe Antonio Borgese". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2011
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