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Gasparo Gozzi

(1713—1786)


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(1713–86).

A Venetian of noble birth, elder brother of Carlo Gozzi and husband of Luisa Bergalli, he was a prime example of a prolific writer who had to combat financial difficulty through his own intellectual endeavours. He translated from Latin and French and was active from 1747 in the traditionalist environment of the Accademia dei Granelleschi, where he distinguished himself as the champion of the renewed reputation of Dante. With precarious financial results, he attempted in that same year to manage the Teatro S. Angelo with his wife's help, offering a French repertoire based on the literary canon (Boursault, Destouches, Voltaire). His Lettere diverse, the first volume of which came out in 1750, reveal an elegant and ironic writer of prose. As one of the first true journalists of the 1760s (writing for the Gazzetta veneta, Osservatore veneto, and Sognatore italiano), he had a broad range of literary expression, ready to seize on and respond to the demands of a newly widened readership.

From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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