Ugo Betti

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Betti, Ugo

Betti, Ugo (o͞oˈgō bətˈtē), 1892–1953, Italian dramatist and poet. He was a judge by profession. His earliest published works were two volumes of poetry (1922 and 1932), but he is remembered for his dramas. He wrote 27 plays. Among the most notable were La padrona [the mistress] (1927), Frano allo scalo nord [landslide at the north station] (1936), Il cacciatore di anitre [the duck hunter] (1940), Il diluvio [the flood] (1943), and Delitto all'isola delle capre [crime on goat island] (1950). Betti's outlook was predominantly pessimistic, concerned with man's moral responsibility, guilt, and forgiveness.


See translations of his most important plays by H. Reed (1958), G. H. McWilliam (1964), and G. Rizzo (1966).

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(23) In Delitto all'isola delle capre (1948), e Agata, la protagonista, ad evocare il terrificante silenzio che accompagna il lavorio dell'eterea farfalla a scongiurare le sensazioni della nostra effimerita: "Il concetto di eternita sfugge al pensiero umano".
Sceglie di "andare, trovare, capire il confine della nostra vita, della nostra anima, della nostra natura, dell'universo, mettersi alla prova, all'estremo confine del bene e del male" (Betti, Delitto all'isola delle capre, ms: 49).
Together with Corruzione al Palazzo di Giustizia (1944) and Delitto all'Isola delle capre (1948), Frano allo Scalo Nord (1932) probably counts as one of Betti's best plays.
His first play, La padrona (1927; "The Landlady"), drew mixed reactions, but later successful plays included Frana allo scalo Nord (1933; Landslide), the story of a natural disaster and collective guilt; Delitto all'Isola delle Capre (1950; Crime on Goat Island ), a violent tragedy of love and revenge; La regina e gli insorte (1951; The Queen and the Rebels), a strong argument for compassion and self-sacrifice; and La fuggitiva (1953; The Fugitive), a story presenting legal courts as a symbol of world salvation.
Betti's obsession with the inevitability of absurd suffering and guilt is reflected by his investigative method, as in Frana allo scalo Nord (1935), Corruzione al Palazzo di Giustizia (1944), and Delitto all'Isola delle capre (1950).