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Born Feb. 3, 1870, in Lodi; died Jan. 11, 1945, in Milan. Italian poet.
Negri was born into a working-class family. She taught in a people’s school. Negri’s poetry, for example, her collections Fate (1892) and Storms (1896), depicted for the first time in Italian poetry the life of factory workers. Her verse was written in the spirit of rebellion.
After marrying an industrialist, Negri became isolated from her natural milieu. She described her subsequent inner crisis in the collection Banishment (1914). Her later poetry lost its concern with social issues and acquired an intimate character. Negri’s poetry was popular in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century.
WORKSOpere, vols. 1–2. Milan, 1956.
In Russian translation:
Stikhotvoreniia. Foreword by V. M. Friche. Moscow, 1918.
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Vatson, M. Ada Negri, 2nd ed. St. Petersburg, 1903.
Potapova, Z. M. Russko-ital’ianskie literaturnye sviazi: Vtoraia polovina XIX v. Moscow, 1973.
Croce, B. “Ada Negri.” In La letteratura italiana [vol. 4]. Bari, 1960.
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