Ippolito Nievo

Nievo, Ippolito

 

Born Nov. 30, 1831, in Padua; died Mar. 4, 1861. Italian writer.

Nievo studied law at the University of Padua from 1852 to 1855, and he was active in the Revolution of 1848–49 in Italy and the Garibaldi uprising of 1859. Nievo was the author of A Study of Popular and Civic-Minded Poetry, Especially in Italy (1854), the novels The Angel of Good (1856) and The Shepherd Count (1857), Village Novellas (published in the 1850’s), and the collections of poetry Glowworms (1858) and Love of the Garibaldians (1860). He wrote two historical tragedies, Spartacus and The Inhabitants of Capua. In 1858 he completed his major work, the novel Confession of an Italian (published in 1867 as Confession of an Octogenarian; in Russian translation, Confession of an Old Man, 1875, Confession of an Italian, vols. 1–2, 1960), which is devoted to the history of the Italian national liberation movement. Despite its romantic coloring, this is one of the few realistic works in Risorgimento literature. It is distinguished for its variety of characters and depth of psychological insight. Nievo perished in a shipwreck near Sicily.

REFERENCES

Poluiakhtova, I. K. Istoriia ital’ianskoi literatury XIX v. (Epokha Risordzhimento). Moscow, 1970. Pages 141–42.
Ulivi, F. Il romanticismo di I. Nievo. Rome, 1947.
Storia della letteratura italiana, vol. 6. Milan, 1968.

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Ragusa also surveys a number of other historical novels authored by Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi, Tommaso Grossi, Cesare Cantu, Massimo D'Azeglio, Ippolito Nievo, and Giuseppe Rovani, before assessing the decline of the genre at the turn of the century.
Porta Portese on the Via Ippolito Nievo is Rome's mammoth flea market, with clothing, plants, antiques and art.
One of his novels, Il prato in fondo al mare, won the prestigious Campiello Prize in 1975, renewing a success that runs in his family, since his great-great-grandfather Ippolito Nievo (1831-61) wrote Le confessioni di un italiano (1858), one of the foremost novels of the Italian Ottocento.
in Italian from Yale University, with a thesis on Ippolito Nievo.
In Sicily, Simonini plots against Ippolito Nievo, the treasurer of the expedition, once more on the request of Bianco, since Nievo is in charge of secret accounting books concerning the expedition.
Giuseppe Parini compare come personaggio in quattro opere della letteratura italiana: nelle Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis di Ugo Foscolo del 1817, nell'Operetta morale intitolata Il Parini ovvero della gloria di Giacomo Leopardi del 1824, nelle Confessioni di un italiano di Ippolito Nievo del 1867 e nel romanzo storico Cent'anni di Giuseppe Rovani del 1869.
2) This and all quotations from the Confessioni in this essay are cited from: Ippolito Nievo, Confessioni d'un Italiano (Milano: Garzanti, 2001).
13) The scholarship on la Pisana's impetuous nature includes: Bruno Falcetto, L'esemplarita imperfetta: le "Confessioni" di lppolito Nievo (Venezia: Marsilio, 1998); Dino Mantovani, li poeta soldato : Ippolito Nievo, 1831-1861 (Milano: Fratelli Treves, 1900); and Mario Marcazzan, Ippolito Nievo e "Le Confessioni" (Milano: Casa Edifice Giuseppe Principato, 1942).
15) See Giuliana Sanguinetti Katz, The Uses of Mvth in lppolito Nievo (Ravenna: Longo Editore, 1981); Francesco Olivari, Ippolito Nievo lettere e confessioni: studio sulla complessita letteraria (Torino: Genesi, 1993); and Ezio Raimondi, "Un'Italia futura: lppolito Nievo, "Le Confessioni d'un italiano," Letteratura e identita nazionale (Milano: Mondadori, 1998).