Luigi Capuana, Italian writer, journalist, and critic, was born on May 28, 1839, to a wealthy bourgeois family in Mineo, Sicily, in the province of Catania. Though a young Capuana began studying law in 1857 at the Facoltà di Giurisprudenza (Faculty of Law) of the University of Catania, he simultaneously dedicated himself to literature and to the study of Sicilian folklore, tradition, and custom. Ultimately, his desire to effect change in society and to interact with people through the written word and storytelling, rather than through law, triumphed. After only two years, Capuana abandoned his law studies to pursue actively and fully his passion for literature. Although he would become celebrated for his novels, short stories and essays, it was Capuana’s fascination with folklore and…

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Citation: Miele, Gina M.. "Luigi Capuana". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 July 2013 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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