Ippolito Nievo

Giuliana Katz (University of Toronto)
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Ippolito Nievo is one of the most colourful and interesting figures of nineteenth-century Italy: a patriot who took part in Garibaldi's campaigns for the liberation of Italy and a prolific and innovative writer who within a period of ten years, before his premature death by drowning, wrote five novels, several short stories and plays, collections of verse, political and historical essays, newspaper articles, and numerous private letters. Yet for a long time his work was overlooked by literary critics insofar as his main historical novel,

Le confessioni d'un Italiano


The Confessions of an Italian

), written 1857-1858, published 1867, was largely experimental and differed in structure and content from the model offered by Alessandro Manzoni's

Promessi sposi


The Betrothed

). Instead of…

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Citation: Katz, Giuliana. "Ippolito Nievo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 November 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12298, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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