Lorenzo Viani


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(1882–1936). Painter and writer from Viareggio. Poor and ill-educated, he trained in Florence with the help of local artists and became successful as a painter in the 1920s, when he also began to write stories, novels, and autobiographical pieces. His collections of short stories, of which Gli ubriachi (1923) and I Vàgeri (1926) are the best, portray popular types. Like his paintings, they have a vigorous, expressionistic style, which he enriches with Versilian dialect.

From The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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