Gasparo Gozzi


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Gozzi, Gasparo

 

Born Dec. 4, 1713. in Venice; died Dec. 26, 1786, in Padua. Italian poet, critic, and journalist.

Gozzi defended the theatrical reform of C. Goldoni and argued against his own brother, the playwright C. Gozzi. One of the pioneers in Italian journalism. Gozzi published the Gazetta Veneta (1760–62; reprinted in Florence in 1915), where he wrote the entire satirical chronicle himself, and also the Osservatore (1761; reprinted in 1897 in Florence). Goz-zi’s letters eloquently represent the Venetian mores of his time (Family Letters, 1755; new edition, 1808). He is the author of satires in verse (Sermons), parodies (the collection Pleasant Poems by a Contemporary Author, 1751), and a polemical essay in defense of Dante (The Judgment of Ancient Poets on the Present-day Criticism of Dante, 1758). Gozzi’s short stories influenced romantic German prose.

WORKS

Scritti scelti. Turin, 1960.

REFERENCE

Reizov, B. G. Ital’ianskaia literatura XVIII veka. Leningrad, 1966.

I. N. GOLENISHCHEV-KUTUZOV

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It is more probable that the Goldonian comedy--as in more general the philo-Masonic tendency, which from the Nuovo dizionario to Goldoni, from Griselini to Gasparo Gozzi (24) earmarked the principal strand of the Venetian culture in the middle decades of the eighteenth century--might have found fertile soil in the Serenisima's politics, which were often at loggerheads with that of Rome; and that the playwright's close ties with certain patricians of a more or less enlightened orientation, but which however recognized themselves in a politics of jurisdictional inspiration, might have played a determinant role in the genesis of the Donne curiose.
Much of this criticism, however, occurred after her marriage to Gasparo Gozzi (1738), when financial constraints forced her to work even more intensely, in the hopes of remuneration for her written production.