Academic journal article Annali d'Italianistica

Aldo Vallone

Academic journal article Annali d'Italianistica

Aldo Vallone

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Aldo Vallone, one of the most distinguished scholars of Italian literature of the twentieth century, died on June 23, 2002, in Galatina, in the province of Lecce, where he was born on November 1, 1916. He studied at the universities of Florence and Turin, graduating in 1940. He first taught at the liceo of Asti, Galatina, and Rome, later becoming Provveditore agli Studi and Ispettore Centrale at the Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione. After teaching at the universities of Lecce and Bari, beginning in the academic year 1972-73 he taught at the University of Naples until his retirement.

An extremely well-mannered, courteous, and considerate person, Aldo Vallone devoted his entire life to the study of Italy's literary culture. The bibliography of his published works is endless and will bear witness, for many generations to come, to his love for his native land, the Salento, and virtually all genres and all centuries in Italy's culture, beginning with his Prime noterelle dantesche (1947) and continuing indefatigably until the last days of his life. Interpreting respectfully Aldo Vallone's mind, I believe that he would like to be remembered especially for his Storia della letteratura meridionale (Napoli: CUEN, 1996, pp. 816) and his works on Italy's greatest poet, primarily his Dante (1971; re-edited in 1981) and his Storia della critica dantesca dal XIV and XX secolo (1981, 2 vols. …

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