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Pirandello's love letters to Marta Abba

Author: Luigi Pirandello; Benito Ortolani
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In February 1925, the 58-year-old world-famous playwright Luigi Pirandello met Marta Abba, an unknown, beautiful actress less than half his age, and fell in love with her. She was to become, until his death in December 1936, not only his confidante but also his inspiring muse and artistic collaborator, helping him in his plans to reform Italian theater under the Fascist regime. Pirandello's love for the young
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Luigi Pirandello; Marta Abba; Marta Abba; Marta Abba; Luigi Pirandello
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Luigi Pirandello; Benito Ortolani
ISBN: 0691034990 9780691034997
OCLC Number: 29183693
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 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Responsibility: edited and translated by Benito Ortolani.
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An English translation of a selection of the love letters written by Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello to the actress Marta Abba, during the last decade of his life. Writing in exile from Berlin,  Read more...

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"What these letters show is and older man racked, humiliated, crawling with hopeless passion for a much younger woman."--"The New York Review of Books"

 
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