Eugenio Montale

1896 - 1981

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Eugenio Montale (Italian: [euˈdʒɛːnjo monˈtaːle]; 12 October 1896 – 12 September 1981) was an Italian poet, prose writer, editor and translator, recipient of the 1975 Nobel Prize in Literature and one of the finest literary figures of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Eugenio Montale has received more than 274,092 page views. His biography is available in 85 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). Eugenio Montale is the 544th most popular writer (down from 281st in 2019), the 682nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 363rd in 2019) and the 48th most popular Italian Writer.

Eugenio Montale was a twentieth-century Italian poet. He is most famous for his use of terza rima in his poetry.

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Italian Love poetry, Translations into English
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Le occasioni
Farfalla di Dinard
prose, short stories
"The butterfly of Dinard, in our opinion, focuses on the poetry of Montale and Montale himself: born this prose on an imaginative level, is no longer autobiography and is not yet, or is not in its entirety, or is no longer poetry." It is this fascinating definition that opens Cesare Segre's essay on The Butterfly of Dinard, one of the most vivid interventions in the Montalian bibliography. When Montale published The Butterfly of Dinard in 1956, he confirmed that his poetic lyre vibrated through the prose string. The reader will be delighted with the "butterfly effect" of these fifty dazzling texts, by the variety of tones, the melancholy depth, the richness of inspiration. Between 1946 and 1950 Montale wrote short stories for the third page of Corriere della Sera. The stories are in this collection, The butterfly of Dinard, 1956. In the story that gives the title to the book, Montale says that he sat every day in a cafe in Dinard, a small town in Bretagne, and every day a saffron-colored butterfly visited him. Maybe it was a secret message from the beloved one now far or maybe just an illusion dictated by the absence. Montale received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1975.
Ossi di seppia, 1920-1927


Among writers, Eugenio Montale ranks 544 out of 7,302Before him are Paul Claudel, T. S. Eliot, Bai Juyi, Gaston Leroux, Saint Naum, and Petar II Petrović-Njegoš. After him are Frantz Fanon, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Gustav Meyrink, Georg Trakl, Patrick Süskind, and Mo Yan.

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Among people born in 1896, Eugenio Montale ranks 22Before him are Andrei Zhdanov, Leslie Groves, Milena Jesenská, Felix Steiner, Dziga Vertov, and Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg. After him are Oswald Mosley, Donald Winnicott, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Buenaventura Durruti, Carl Ferdinand Cori, and Italo Balbo. Among people deceased in 1981, Eugenio Montale ranks 15Before him are Frederica of Hanover, Hideki Yukawa, William Holden, William Wyler, Hans Adolf Krebs, and Odd Hassel. After him are Béla Guttmann, René Clair, Joe Louis, Omar Bradley, Harold Urey, and Mohammad-Ali Rajai.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Eugenio Montale ranks 682 out of 5,161Before him are Patrizia Reggiani (1948), Palmiro Togliatti (1893), Alessandro de' Medici, Duke of Florence (1510), Euhemerus (-330), Silvio Piola (1913), and Joanna I of Naples (1326). After him are Francesco Totti (1976), Gianluigi Buffon (1978), Dario Argento (1940), Francis of Paola (1416), Conrad of Montferrat (1146), and Camillus de Lellis (1550).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Eugenio Montale ranks 48Before him are Alessandro Manzoni (1785), Baldassare Castiglione (1478), Statius (40), Gabriele Amorth (1925), Aulus Gellius (123), and Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749). After him are Dino Buzzati (1906), Cassiodorus (487), Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896), Poliziano (1454), Curzio Malaparte (1898), and Giosuè Carducci (1835).