Niccolini, Giovanni Battista

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Niccolini, Giovanni Battista


Born Oct. 29, 1782, in Bagni San Giuliano; died Sept. 20, 1861, in Florence. Italian poet and playwright of the Risorgimento.

Niccolini’s first tragedies, Medea, Polyxena (1811), and Nebuchadnezzar (1819), were in the tradition of classicism. He gained fame for his revolutionary romantic tragedies Antonio Foscarini (1827; Russian translation, 1882), Giovanni of Proccida (1831), Arnold of Brescia (1843), and Beatrice Cenci (1844). In his dramas heroic and patriotic ardor was combined with biting anticlerical satire.


Opere edite ed inedite, vols. 1–8. Milan, 1860–80.


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Guastalla, R. La vita e le opere di G. B. Niccolini. Livorno, 1917.
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