Giacomo, Salvatore di

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Giacomo, Salvatore di


Bora Mar. 12, 1860, in Naples; died there Apr. 4, 1934. Italian writer.

Di Giacomo wrote primarily in the Neapolitan dialect. His poems and prose works lyrically and at the same time truthfully depict the life of the Neapolitan poor—its dramas and passions. Many of his poems have been set to music by Italian songwriters, including L. Denza and F. P. Tosti, and have achieved great popularity, for example, “Marechiaro.” In his collection Neapolitan Stories (1914) and his plays Maria’s Month (1900) and Assunta Spina, Di Giacomo portrays everyday life and mores with a profound sympathy for the unfortunate.


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In Russian translation:
“Novelly.” In ltalïanskie novelly. Moscow-Leningrad, 1960.


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Pasolini, P. P. Introduzione a poesia dialettale del Novecento. Parma, 1952.
Rossi, S. S. Di Giacomo. [Catania, 1968].


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