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Luigi Pirandello

Italian dramatist, novelist, short story writer, and poet, Nobel Prize for Literature laureate (1867-1936)

1867   -   1936

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country of citizenship: Kingdom of Italy
languages spoken, written or signed: German, Italian
educated at: University of Bonn
occupation: playwright, writer, poet, novelist, screenwriter, author, director
award received: Nobel Prize in Literature

Luigi Pirandello (Italian: [luˈiːdʒi piranˈdɛllo]; 28 June 1867 – 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for "his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre.". He was an Italian nationalist and supported Fascism in a moderate way, at one point giving his Nobel Prize medal to the Fascist government to be melted down as part of the 1935 Oro alla Patria ("Gold to the Fatherland") campaign during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. Pirandello's works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays, some of which are written in Sicilian. Pirandello's tragic farces are often seen as forerunners of the Theatre of the Absurd.
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