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March 06, 1984
5.0 X 7.6 X 1.4 inches | 1.1 pounds
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About the Author
Alessandro Manzoni was born in 1785 near Lake Como, Italy. Sent to boarding school at the age of five, he felt estranged from his family, particularly when his mother left his father. As a young man Manzoni subscribed to the ideas of the French Revolution, joining his mother in Paris, where he married Henriette Blondel in 1808. He wrote throughout his life, but suffered from a nervous disorder which grew progressively worse through his lifetime. He died in 1873. Bruce Penman was a versatile linguist fluent in four languages, knowledgeable of ten. In 1984 his translation of China by Gildo Fossati won the John Florio Prize for best translation from the Italian. He died in 1986.
"The 19th-century Italian literary classic renowned for its vivid descriptions of the 1630 pestilence that gutted Milan." --The New York Times "Compulsory reading for Italian high school students, The Betrothed gives a historically accurate account of the bubonic plague that wiped out a quarter of Milan's population in 1629-1631." --Politico "This is not just a book; it offers consolation to the whole of humanity." --Giuseppe Verdi