Ferdinando Fontana


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(1850–1919). Milanese writer and journalist, whose copious production includes dialect verse and plays, libretti (for Puccini's Le Villi, for example), travel books, and Socialist polemic. His contributions to two documentary volumes, Milano 1881, Mediolanum (1881) and Il ventre di Milano (1888), helped promote the idea of Milan as Italy's moral capital. As a critic, he staunchly defended verismo

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Subjects: Literature.

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