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Jonathan Galassi

Jonathan Galassi Copyright Miriam Berkley

Count Giacomo Leopardi was born in Recanati, a small town in the Italian Marches, in 1798. Renowned in his youth as a classical scholar, he suffered from poor health all his life and never experienced happiness in love. He visited Rome, Bologna, and Florence, but never fully broke away from his family, until in his last years he finally moved with a friend to Naples, where he died in 1837. The poems collected in Canti are Leopardi’s best-known and best-loved work, and in the eyes of many make him the greatest Italian poet after Dante. He also published the Operette morali, a collection of philosophical dialogues and essays that is considered one of the fundamental books in Italian literature, as well as numerous translations, critical editions, and other texts. His prodigious, immense Zibaldone, or notebook of literary and philosophical speculations, remained unpublished until the beginning of the twentieth century. (A complete translation is forthcoming from FSG.)
Jonathan Galassi has also translated the poetry and prose of  Eugenio Montale and is the author of two volumes of poems, Morning Run and North Street

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A New York Times Notable Book for 2011  Giacomo Leopardi is Italy’s greatest modern poet, the first European writer to portray and examine the self...

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A strong, idiomatic translation of Italy's greatest modern poet.Eugenio Montale is universally recognized as having brought the great Italian lyric tradition that began with...

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