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|Named Person:||Luigi Pirandello; Marta Abba; Marta Abba|
|Material Type:||Biography, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Luigi Pirandello; Benito Ortolani
|Notes:||English translation of 164 letters written originally in Italian by L. Pirandello which are now in the Library, Princeton University. Cf. Editor's remarks.|
|Description:||xlv, 371 p.,  p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Responsibility:||edited and translated by Benito Ortolani.|
"The hundreds of letters Pirandello wrote to Abba during these years are the only source that reveals the true story of his relentless torment. Selected, translated, and introduced here for the first time in any language, these powerful and moving documents reward the reader with the unique experience of living in intimacy with a profound poet of human pain. Here Pirandello encourages his beloved in her difficult career as actor/manager, rejoices in her triumphs, and desperately implores her to return to him. The letters are filled with glimpses of this major artistic personality at some of his most distinctive moments - such as the award of the Nobel Prize, his meetings with Mussolini, and Marta's long-dreamed-of success on Broadway - but they remain foremost an authentic confession of a Pirandello, without the mask of his art, telling the story of his real-life tragedy." "In 1986, two years before she died, Marta Abba authorized the publication of the present correspondence so that the world might understand how deeply Pirandello had suffered. This English-language volume contains a selection of 164 letters from the complete edition of 552, which Princeton University Press will publish in cooperation with Mondadori, in the original Italian, in 1995"--Jacket.