Published during World War II, Il marito in collegio [A Husband in Boarding School] is Giovannino Guareschi’s third collection of serialized fiction, and it sold well in a wartime market because, in part, many Italians had come to know of his comical strengths both through his two earlier novels — La scoperta di Milano [The Discovery of Milan] and Il destino si chiama Coltilde [Duncan and Clotilda] — and his editorship of the humorous weekly Bertoldo.
The narrative action of Il marito in collegio is set in the early part of the twentieth century. The Madellis-Food-Froulard-Wonder family, clinging haughtily to its ancestral exploits during the Crusades, has for some time been living on the kind financial support of a stuffy old uncle, Zio Casimiro, a wealthy businessman who has
Citation: Perry, Alan. "Il marito in collegio". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 January 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=32036, accessed 09 December 2023.]