My Autobiography (Mussolini)

My Autobiography (Mussolini)

My Autobiography (Mussolini)

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My Autobiography is a book by Benito Mussolini. It is a dictated, narrative autobiography recounting the author's youth, his years as an agitator and journalist, his experiences in World War I, the formation and revolutionary struggles of the Fascist Party, the March on Rome, and his early years in power.

Mussolini dictated parts of the text to his brother Arnoldo Mussolini who handed the manuscripts, together with other material supplied by Margarita Scarfatti, Mussolini's lover, to Richard Washburn Child (the former American Ambassador to Italy) who together with Luigi Barzini, Jr. served as a ghostwriter for the autobiography, mainly aimed at readers in the USA. It was a paid propaganda job and remained unpublished in Italy until 1971. It was first serialized in The Saturday Evening Post (May to Oct. 1928) and then published as a book, with a foreword, by Child in 1928. In this preface, he wrote:

Publishing history

First published in gilt-lettered green cloth by Charles Scribner's Sons in 1928. Hurst & Blackett reprinted a cheap edition in 1936. A Japanese translation was published in 1937. In 1939 Hutchinson & Co. published an edition with "specially authorised additions by arrangement and approval of Il Duce, bringing it up to the year 1939". Greenwood Press reprinted the 1928 edition in 1970 (ISBN 0-8371-4294-6).

In 1998, Da Capo Press published My Rise and Fall (ISBN 0-306-80864-1) combining My Autobiography with His Own Story (1948).

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