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Antonio Fogazzaro

Antonio Fogazzaro (March 25, 1842 - March 7, 1911) was an Italian novelist born in Vicenza from a rich family.

In 1864 he got a law degree in Torino. In Milano he followed the "scapigliatura" movement.

In 1869 he was back in Vicenza to work as lawyer, but he left this path very soon to write books full time.

In his works one finds a constant conflict between sense of duty and passions, faith and reason. In some cases this brings the tormented soul of characters into mystic experiences.

Fogazzaro found new interpretations in positivistics and evolutionistic theories, but because of this in 1905 the Roman Catholic Church banned the novels Il santo[?] and Leila[?]. He died six years later in his birthplace, Vicenza.


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