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Encyclopedia > Edoardo Scarfoglio

Edoardo Scarfoglio (1860–1917). Italian author and journalist, one of the early practitioners in Italian fiction of realism, a style of writing characterized by direct, speech-based language, as opposed to the more flowery writing of earlier literature. Scarfoglio was born in Paganica in the Abruzzi area of Italy but lived and worked in Naples much of his life. Realism is commonly defined as a concern for fact or reality and rejection of the impractical and visionary. ... Categories: Regions of Italy | Abruzzo ... Naples (Italian Napoli, Neapolitan Napule, from Greek Νέα Πόλις - Néa Pólis - meaning New City; see also List of traditional Greek place names) is the largest city in southern Italy and capital of Campania Region and the Province of Naples. ...

As a writer of fiction, his early reputation rests on the novella, The Trial of Phryne, published in 1884, a retelling—set in small-town Italy of the late nineteenth century—of the trial of Phryne, a Greek courtesan from the fourth century, b.c. In Scarfoglio's version, a young woman, Mariantonia, guilty of murder, is acquitted simply because she is beautiful. Scarfoglio's tale is well known even to Italians who have not actually read the novella, since it was the basis for an episode in Alessandro Blasetti's popular 1952 film, Altri Tempi (Other Times), starring Gina Lollobrigida as Phryne/Mariantonia. A novella is a short, narrative, prose fiction work. ... Alessandro Blasetti (3 July 1900, Rome, Latium, Italy, 1 February 1987, Rome, Lazio, Italy was an Italian film director who influenced Italian neorealism. ... Gina Lollobrigida (born on July 4, 1927) is an Italian actress who was born Luigina Lollobrigida in Subiaco, Italy in the Lazioregion. ...

As a journalist, Scarfoglio and his wife, Matilde Serao, the best-known woman writer in Italy at the time, founded a number of newspapers, most prominent of which was Il Mattino in Naples, still the largest daily newspaper in the city. He and his wife were responsible for moving Naples into the mainstream of Italian journalism in the early twentieth century by serializing the works of writers such as D'Annunzio. As an editorialist in his own paper, Scarfoglio supported such things as Italian expansionism in Africa and the Aegean in the 1890s. He is the father of journalists Carlo Scarfoglio and Antonio Scarfoglio. Matilde Serao (1856—1927) was a Greek-born Italian journalist and novelist. ... Gabriele DAnnunzio (12 March 1863 – 1 March 1938) was an Italian poet, dramatist, daredevil and war hero, who went on to have a controversial role in politics as a precursor of the fascist movement. ... // Etymology World map showing Africa (geographically) The name Africa came into Western use through the Romans, who used the name Africa terra — land of the Afri (plural, or Afer singular) — for the northern part of the continent, as the province of Africa with its capital Carthage, corresponding to modern-day... Greece and the Aegean Sea The Aegean sea in Greece as seen from the island of Greek: Αιγαίον Πέλαγος, Aigaion Pelagos; Turkish: Ege denizi) is an arm of the Mediterranean Sea, located between the Greek peninsula and Anatolia (Asia Minor, now part of Turkey). ...



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