Fun Facts Friday: Giosuè Carducci

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Giosuè Carducci (27 July, 1835 – 16 February, 1907) was a Nobel Prize winning Italian poet and author.

  • The poet was brown in a small town in Tuscany.
  • His father, a doctor, was very vocal about his politics advocating the unification of Italy. Due to his stand, Dr. Carducci had to move his family several times.
  • In college Mr. Carducci translated Book 9 of Homer’s Iliad into Italian.
  • A year after graduation, while working as a teacher, he published his first collection of poetry, Rime.
  • In 1859 the poet married Elvira Menicucci, the couple had four kids together.
  • The poet was appointed as Italian professor at the university in Bologna.
  • In 1906, Mr. Carducci was the first Italian to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • Carducci was also an Italian Senator.
  • Even though he mostly known for his poems, Mr. Carducci also wrote a large amount of literary criticisms, biographies, speeches and essays (enough to fill 20 volumes).
  • Casa Carducci, the house where the poet died in (at age 71) is now a museum.
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