Fun Facts Friday: Carlo Collodi

November 24, 2017

Carlo Collodi (24 November, 1826 – 26 October 1890) was an Italian children’s author most known for his fairy tale novel The Adventures of Pinocchio.

1)      Born in Florence under the name Carlo Lorenzini. The author had ten siblings, but only three made it to adulthood.

2)      He spent spent most of his childhood in the town of … Collodi and took the town’s name for his pen name.

3)      The author served as a volunteer with the Tuscan army during the Italian wars of independence (1848 and 1860).

4)      Outside of periodicals, the author’s first publication was Gli amici di casa (1856), a funny guidebook.

5)      During his career, the author became fascinated by the idea of using funny, rascally characters as allegories to his own convictions.

6)      He published his most famous book, The Adventures of Pinocchio, in 1883.

7)      The original name of The Adventures of Pinocchio was Storia di un burattino (The story of a marionette).

8)      The Adventures of Pinocchio was serialized as a weekly feature of the first Italian newspaper for children, Il Giornale per i Bambini.

9)      The book is much darker than the 1940 Disney adaptation, in the novel Pinocchio gets hanged and stabbed by assassins – and that’s before you reach the half way mark. Mr. Collodi intended to finish the novel with the characters miserable death, the happy ending seems like and afterthought.

10)   The author’s Pinocchio is not a charming little marionette, but a disgraceful rouge, a rotten kid, whose behavior is meant to serve as a warning to real-life kids.


Zohar – Man of LA Book

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