Gianni Rodari

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Birthday
23, 1920
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Apr 14, 1980 (59)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
23, 1920
Birthplace
Italy
Death Date
Apr 14, 1980 (59)

About

An influential Italian children's author, he is best known for his Cipollino ('Little Onion') story, which was the inspiration for a popular ballet. He was the 1970 recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Before Fame

He published his first children's work, The Book of Children's Poems, in 1948, while he was writing for a Communist newspaper.

Trivia

His numerous children's works have been translated into many languages.

Family Life

He was born in northern Italy and was the son of a baker. He had two brothers: Cesare and Mario.

Associated With

While studying at the University of Milan, he became interested in the writings of Vladimir Lenin .