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Giuseppe Ungaretti

Biography of Giuseppe Ungaretti

Giuseppe Ungaretti was born in 1888 in Alexandria in Egypt to Italian parents from Lucca. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Africa. In 1912 he moved to Paris, where he met leading figures from Parisian culture and a number of Italian writers living in France (including Palazzeschi, Savinio and Soffici).
After returning to Italy in 1914, he gained a qualification to teach French and soon afterwards left for the war as an infantry private. The experience of the trenches was to have a profound effect on his work.
In 1917 he published his first collection of poetry, "Il porto sepolto", which was released in a very limited edition. This was followed in 1919 by "Allegria di naufragi". After working as the Paris correspondent for "Popolo d’Italia", in 1933 he published what is perhaps his best-known work, "Sentimento del tempo".
In 1936 he settled in Brazil, where for several years he worked as a university lecturer. In 1939, his son Antonietto died at the age of nine. His grief found expression in the lyric poems of "Il dolore" (1947). 
In 1942 he returned to Italy, where he was offered the chair of modern and contemporary literature at the University of Rome. Subsequently, he published the collections "La terra promessa" (1950), "Un grido e paesaggi" (1952), and "Il taccuino del vecchio" (1960). In 1961, he published a book of prose entitled "Il deserto e dopo". The posthumous collection "Saggi e interventi" (1974) was published after his death in Milan in 1970.



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Biography

Giuseppe Ungaretti

Biography of Giuseppe Ungaretti

Giuseppe Ungaretti was born in 1888 in Alexandria in Egypt to Italian parents from Lucca. He spent his childhood and adolescence in Africa. In 1912 he moved to Paris, where he met leading figures from Parisian culture and a number of Italian writers living in France (including Palazzeschi, Savinio and Soffici).
After returning to Italy in 1914, he gained a qualification to teach French and soon afterwards left for the war as an infantry private. The experience of the trenches was to have a profound effect on his work.
In 1917 he published his first collection of poetry, "Il porto sepolto", which was released in a very limited edition. This was followed in 1919 by "Allegria di naufragi". After working as the Paris correspondent for "Popolo d’Italia", in 1933 he published what is perhaps his best-known work, "Sentimento del tempo".
In 1936 he settled in Brazil, where for several years he worked as a university lecturer. In 1939, his son Antonietto died at the age of nine. His grief found expression in the lyric poems of "Il dolore" (1947). 
In 1942 he returned to Italy, where he was offered the chair of modern and contemporary literature at the University of Rome. Subsequently, he published the collections "La terra promessa" (1950), "Un grido e paesaggi" (1952), and "Il taccuino del vecchio" (1960). In 1961, he published a book of prose entitled "Il deserto e dopo". The posthumous collection "Saggi e interventi" (1974) was published after his death in Milan in 1970.



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