Giovanni Verga

Giovanni Verga

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Giovanni Verga (2 September 1840 – 27 January 1922) was an Italian realist writer, best known for his depictions of life in Sicily, and especially for the short story (and later play) "Cavalleria Rusticana" and the novel I Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree).

Life and career

The first son of Giovanni Battista Catalano Verga and Caterina Di Mauro, Verga was born into a prosperous family of Catania in Sicily. He began writing in his teens, producing the largely unpublished historical novel Amore e Patria (Love and Country); then, although nominally studying law at the University of Catania, he used money his father had given him to publish his I Carbonari della Montagna (The Carbonari of the Mountain) in 1861 and 1862. This was followed by Sulle Lagune (In the Lagoons) in 1863.

Meanwhile, Verga had been serving in the Catania National Guard (1860–64), after which he travelled to Florence several times, settling there in 1869.

He moved to Milan in 1872, where he developed his new approach, characterized by the use of dialogue to develop character, which resulted in his most significant works. In 1880 his story collection Vita dei Campi (Life in the Fields), (including "Fantasticheria", "La Lupa", and "Pentolacchia") most of which were about rural Sicily, came out. It also included "Cavalleria Rusticana", which he adapted for the theatre and later formed the basis for several opera librettos including Mascagni's...... ...
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