Alessandro Manzoni

1785 (Milan) – 1873 (Milan)

Goethe translated one of his novels, publicly defended his work, and corresponded with him; Manzoni was convinced that he owed much of his fame to Goethe. Stendhal met Manzoni when he settled in Milan; he was subsequently banished for associating with members of the patriotic movement like him. Verdi composed his celebrated ‘Requiem’ for his hero, following his death; the two had met only once, through a mutual friend, Verdi respecting the older writer’s extreme shyness and desire for privacy.

Alessandro Manzoni knew…