Carlo Gozzi was an eighteenth-century Venetian playwright, poet, and essayist. He is primarily remembered for reviving the improvisational theater tradition of commedia dell’arte with fairy tales. His diverse works (plays, poems, novellas, essays, translations, and an autobiography) captured the Republic of Venice’s last decades, thus becoming a cultural magnifying glass and the ground for transmedia adaptations and postmodern reconsiderations.
Carlo Gozzi was born on December 13, 1720, into an indigent aristocratic family in the Republic of Venice, in present-day Italy. The sixth of eleven children, his parents were Angiola Tiepolo and the Count Jacopo Antonio Gozzi. Because of the family’s lack of …
Ardeni, Viola. "Carlo Gozzi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 December 2018
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