Novelist and biographer. An aristocrat born in Milan, he studied at Genoa University and became active in the modernizing current within the Catholic Church [see Papacy and the Catholic Church]. His experiences are reflected in the early stories of Storie dell'amor sacro e dell'amor profano (1911) and in his biography of his close friend Fogazzaro (1920), both of which were put on the Index. After serving in World War I, he became an active anti-Fascist, and was kept under regular police surveillance. At the end of World War II he became Ambassador to Spain and then to England. As well as novels, he wrote a biography of Dante (1922) and a study of the young Manzoni (1969).
From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.