With Luigi Pirandello and Italo Svevo, Federigo Tozzi was one of the three creators of the post-naturalist, or modern, novel in Italy. Unlike the Sicilian Pirandello and the Triestine Svevo, who hailed from geographically peripheral regions of the country, Tozzi was from the heart of Tuscany where—his last six years excepted—he spent his entire, brief life, most of it near Siena. Once viewed as a regional writer, in part because his prose is rooted in the speech patterns and literary traditions of his native area, Tozzi today is considered an artist of national and international importance. His work, with its brooding tone and tortured metaphysics, is frequently compared to that of Kafka and Dostoevsky.

Tozzi was born in 1883, the same year as Kafka. His father was a restaurant keeper

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Citation: Klopp, Charles. "Federigo Tozzi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 September 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12529, accessed 02 December 2023.]

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