Giuseppe Pitrè

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Pitrè, Giuseppe


Born Dec. 21, 1841, in Palermo; died there Apr. 10, 1916. Italian ethnologist and folklorist.

Pitrè began teaching ethnologic psychology at the University of Palermo in 1910. His main work, the 25-volume Library of Sicilian Folk Traditions, contains numerous Sicilian folk songs, proverbs, riddles, fables, short stories, and legends, along with descriptions of the festivals, games, and customs of the people of Sicily.


Bibliografia delle tradizioni popolari d’Italia. Turin-Palermo, 1894.
Biblioteca delle tradizioni popolari siciliane, vols. 1–25. Palermo, 1891–1913.
Medici, chirurgi, barbieri e speziali antichi in Sicilia. Palermo, 1910.