Alessandro Manzoni

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Birthday
7, 1785
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
May 22, 1873 (88)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
7, 1785
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
May 22, 1873 (88)

About

An Italian novelist and poet, he is known for his 1827 masterpiece, I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), which is regarded as emblematic of the Italian Risorgimento. He published his first work, Il Conte di Carmagnola, in 1919.

Before Fame

At age fifteen, he wrote his first two sonnets. Shortly thereafter, he became involved with the literary community in the Auteuil district of Paris, where he relocated to be with his mother following his parents' separation and his father's death.

Trivia

While in school, Manzoni initially appeared to be a slow learner whose intelligence was questioned by faculty and classmates alike.

Family Life

He married Henriette Blondel in 1808, and the pair lived many happy years in Lombardy. After Blondel's death, Manzoni married Teresa Borri. Between his two marriages, he had nine children.

Associated With

He was honored posthumously by the composer Giuseppe Verdi, who wrote his famous Requiem as a moving tribute to Manzoni.