Giovanni Verga

1840 - 1922

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Giovanni Carmelo Verga di Fontanabianca (Italian: [dʒoˈvanni karˈmɛːlo ˈverɡa]; 2 September 1840 – 27 January 1922) was an Italian realist (verista) writer, best known for his depictions of life in his native Sicily, especially the short story and later play Cavalleria rusticana and the novel I Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Giovanni Verga has received more than 229,710 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Giovanni Verga is the 1,227th most popular writer (up from 1,236th in 2019), the 1,331st most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,365th in 2019) and the 94th most popular Italian Writer.

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Notable Works

Short stories
Fiction, Italian Short stories, Social life and customs
I Malavoglia
Textual Criticism
Open Library Staff Picks, Accessible book, Popular Print Disabled Books
Novelle rusticane
Social life and customs, Fiction
Mastro-don Gesualdo
Storia di una capinera
Literary Criticism & Collections / Italian, General, Italian (Language) Contemporary Fiction
Novelle rusticane
Social life and customs, Fiction, Sicily (italy), fiction
Mastro-don Gesualdo
Fiction, Continental european fiction (fictional works by one author), Fiction, general
Short stories
Fiction, Italian Short stories, Social life and customs
I Malavoglia
Textual Criticism, Fiction, general, Italian fiction
In his masterpiece “I Malavoglia”, Giovanni Verga tells the story of an unlucky family of fishermans from Sicily.


Among writers, Giovanni Verga ranks 1,227 out of 7,302Before him are Raymond Radiguet, Wilhelm Weitling, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, Sarah, Duchess of York, James Anderson, and Brian Tracy. After him are Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Harry Harrison, Juliusz Słowacki, Maurus Servius Honoratus, David Irving, and José Maria de Eça de Queirós.

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Among people born in 1840, Giovanni Verga ranks 24Before him are Thomas Hardy, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, Johann II, Prince of Liechtenstein, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Edward Whymper, and Hiram Maxim. After him are Hans Makart, Kuroda Kiyotaka, Sisowath of Cambodia, Princess Margaretha of Saxony, August Leskien, and Prince Robert, Duke of Chartres. Among people deceased in 1922, Giovanni Verga ranks 37Before him are Lothar von Richthofen, Velimir Khlebnikov, Ōkuma Shigenobu, Hermann Alexander Diels, Henri Désiré Landru, and Catherine Dolgorukov. After him are Arthur Nikisch, Gaston, Count of Eu, Edmund Leighton, Wolfgang Kapp, Rafael Moreno Aranzadi, and Vlaho Bukovac.

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In Italy

Among people born in Italy, Giovanni Verga ranks 1,331 out of 5,161Before him are Vittorino da Feltre (1378), Muzio Attendolo Sforza (1369), Giovanni Ceva (1647), Valentino Rossi (1979), Charles III, Duke of Parma (1823), and Lina Wertmüller (1928). After him are Louis V, Duke of Bavaria (1315), Beppe Grillo (1948), Enrico Berlinguer (1922), Gerolamo Emiliani (1486), Joe D'Amato (1936), and Giorgio Parisi (1948).

Among WRITERS In Italy

Among writers born in Italy, Giovanni Verga ranks 94Before him are Elsa Morante (1912), Gaius Valerius Flaccus (45), Cornelius Gallus (-69), Giovanni Papini (1881), Francesco Maria Piave (1810), and Odoric of Pordenone (1286). After him are Maurus Servius Honoratus (363), Boris Pahor (1913), Vittorio Alfieri (1749), Claudio Magris (1939), Gaius Asinius Pollio (-76), and Matteo Bandello (1484).