The Flame (Il Fuoco)

The Flame (Il Fuoco)

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The Flame (Il Fuoco)

The Flame (Il Fuoco)

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Gabriele D’ANNUNZIO, poet, novelist, and dramatist, was born in 1864, on the yacht Irene Pescara in the Abruzzi, his mother being the Duchess Maria Galesse of Rome. His education was begun in the College of Prato, in Tuscany, and finished in the University of Rome. His mind early showed signs of extraordinary power and brilliant versatility; he studied art and produced very creditable work while a mere lad, and at the age of sixteen he published his first poem, Primo Vere, which attracted flattering attention and caused him to be hailed as an infant prodigy. in 1880 he went to Rome and became a contributor to the Cronaca Bizantina, a magazine of art and literature. He remained in Rome three years, producing in that time Terra vergine (“Virgin Soil”), Canto novo (“New Song”), and Intermezzo di rime (“Intervals of Rhyme”), all of which were received with admiration and amazement, and with not a little criticism for their unconventional boldness of expression.

D’Annunzio left Rome in 1884 and returned to his native hills, where he wrote Il libra delle vergine (“The Book of the Virgins”) in 1884; San Pantaleone (1886), and Isotièo Guttadauro. Then, abandoning his revolutionary and realistic though splendid and intoxicating poetry for prose, the young genius next surprised his public with a novel, Giovanni Episcopo, followed by Il Piacere (“The Child of Pleasure”), in 1889. the former is a strong yet repelling story of crude brutalism, told by a victim of relentless fate; the latter is a kind of poem in . . .

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