Umberto Saba was a Jewish-Italian poet and novelist best known for

Il Canzoniere




(in multiple versions and editions), a collection of his poetic production between 1900 and 1954, and

Storia e cronistoria del Canzoniere


History and Chronicle of the Songbook


(1948), an exegetical exploration of his own poetry. He also wrote aphorisms and short stories collected in

Scorciatoie e raccontini


Shortcuts and Little Tales

] (1946) and




] (1956), as well as an unfinished homoerotic novel,


, published posthumously in 1975. Saba is particularly remembered for his lyrical and prosaic style that relies on direct and accessible language.

Saba was born Umberto Poli on 9 March 1883 in Trieste, which at the time was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. His

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Citation: FrascĂ , Paolo. "Umberto Saba". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 June 2019 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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