Academic journal article Annali d'Italianistica

In Memory of Mario Marti (1914-2015): Scholar Teacher Mentor

Academic journal article Annali d'Italianistica

In Memory of Mario Marti (1914-2015): Scholar Teacher Mentor

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The most senior of all the Italianists in the world, and a much admired scholar, teacher, and mentor, Mario Marti died on February 4, 2015, in Lecce. His funeral was celebrated in the Church of San Lazzaro on the following day. His wife, Franca, his daughter, Chiara, and his son Benedetto survive him. He was only a few months shy of his 101st birthday, having been born on May 19, 1914 in a small town near Lecce. He attended the Liceo Classico Colonna in Galatina (LC), and graduated from the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa in 1938 with a dissertation on Leopardi, under the directorship of Luigi Russo. After teaching in a liceo in Rome and commuting weekly to the newly formed Universita di Lecce for many years, he finally returned to his native Salento, was chair of Department, and Rettore of the University from 1968 until 1981.

A specialist primarily of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and Leopardi, Mario Marti--a philologist, a critic, and a lover of Italian culture--has written on virtually all centuries of Italy's literary culture and on many aspects of his native Salento. Scholars of the Middle Ages know him and will remember him with much appreciation for his studies on the dolce stil nuovo, Dante, and Boccaccio. His editions (e.g., Ipoeti del dolce stil nuovo; Giovanni Boccaccio, Opere Minori in volgare) are indispensable research tools. He has been a constant contributor to the Giornale storico della letteratura italiana until the very last years of his life. …

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