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I best seller italiani
1861-1946

Mauro Pagliai, 2011

Pages: 272

Features: b/w ills, paperback

Size: 17x24

ISBN: 978-88-564-0172-1

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DSU1 / Storia

L1 / Studi, storia della letteratura

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The books most widely read in Italy, from the creation of the Kingdom of Italy until its demise
An original anthology—a journey through the country’s social history

Italian text

One of the most distinctive signs of a country’s character is its cultural consumption, particularly of books. This volume tells us what Italians actually read between the creation of the Kingdom of Italy and its demise in 1946. Giocondi has painstakingly identified these bestsellers—not the works of authors featured in literary histories, but the ones that filled bookstore windows; not the great classics, but the titles (sometimes subversive, licentious, or controversial) that captivated hundreds of thousands of readers. Alongside many nearly forgotten writers, the list obviously includes some stars of Italian literature: D’Annunzio as well as Guido da Verona; Fogazzaro as well as Luciano Zuccoli; De Amicis as well as Salvatore Farina; Collodi as well as Carolina Invernizio. All boasted an extraordinary commercial success. In their company, we discover a myriad other authors such as Barrilli, Rovetta, Salgari, Pitigrilli, Mariani, Brocchi, Gotta, D’Ambra, Milanesi, and Fraccaroli. Giocondi gives a profile of each author’s life and work, accompanied by an excerpt of his or her bestselling book. Many sections focus on specific aspects of “mass” literature. The volume is intended for the general public, Italianists, and the publishing community. Starting from the origins of the publishing industry, it takes the story right up to present-day bestselling authors such as Faletti, Tamaro, Melissa P., and Camilleri—the likely subject of a second volume.

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