Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

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Much of what can be highlighted in a first encounter with Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, the internationally renowned writer of Il Gattopardo [The Leopard], is the impact of the aristocratic world on his oeuvre. Direct experiences, vital memories and countless anecdotes are filtered through the writer’s imagination and distilled into his writing. Even so, Francesco Orlando -- who at the age of twenty benefited from Tomasi di Lampedusa’s lessons on French and English literature, attended the reading of Il Gattopardo during its writing process and typed out part of the book under the writer’s dictation -- warns that a strict correspondence between the author’s life and work should not be …

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Citation: Vagata, Daniela Shalom. "Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 November 2019 [, accessed 29 January 2023.]

2602 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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