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Alessandro Manzoni

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Alessandro Manzoni


Born
in Milan, Italy
March 07, 1785

Died
May 22, 1873

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Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni was an Italian poet and novelist. He is famous for the novel The Betrothed (Italian: I Promessi Sposi) (1840), generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature. The novel is also a symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, both for its patriotic message and because it was a fundamental milestone in the development of the modern, unified Italian language.

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The Betrothed

3.87 avg rating — 8,388 ratings — published 1827 — 484 editions
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I promessi sposi (1827)

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Storia della colonna infame

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3.32 avg rating — 546 ratings — published 1840 — 88 editions
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I Promessi sposi e Storia d...

3.94 avg rating — 424 ratings — published 1842 — 26 editions
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Adelchi

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3.37 avg rating — 283 ratings — published 1822 — 35 editions
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Il Conte di Carmagnola

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3.39 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1820 — 33 editions
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Tragedie

3.68 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1987 — 8 editions
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Incontro con I Promessi sposi

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3.75 avg rating — 36 ratings — published 1840
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La Signora: Storia della Mo...

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“Bullies, oppressors and all men who do violence to the rights of others are guilty not only of their own crimes, but also of the corruption they bring into the hearts of their victims.”
Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed

“One of the greatest comforts of this life is friendship; and one of the comforts of friendship is that of having someone we can trust with a secret. But friendship does not pair us off into couples, as marriage does; each of us generally has more than one friend to his name, and so a chain is formed, of which no man can see the end. When we allow ourselves the comfort of depositing a secret in the bosom of a friend, we inspire him with the wish to enjoy the same comfort for himself. It is true that we always ask him not to tell anyone else; and this is a condition which, if taken literally, would break the series of comforting confidences at once. But the general practice is to regard the obligation as one which prevents a man from passing the secret on, except to an equally trusted friend and on the same condition of silence. From trusted friend to trusted friend, the secret travels and travels along an unending chain, until it reaches the ears of the very man or men from whom the first speaker meant to keep it for ever. It would generally require a long time to get there, if each of us only had two friends—one to confide the secret to us, and another to whom we can pass it on. But there are some privileged men who have hundreds of friends, and once a secret reaches one of them, its subsequent journeys are so rapid and multitudinous that no one can keep track of them.”
The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni

“I would really like, in fact, to be born again in another two hundred years' time.”
Alessandro Manzoni, The Betrothed

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2nd Quarter 2022 Group Long Read

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, 1949, 746 pages
 
  44 votes, 25.1%

 
  42 votes, 24.0%

The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, 1962, 640 pages
 
  23 votes, 13.1%

The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, 1001, 1182 pages
 
  19 votes, 10.9%

The Betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni, 1827, 720 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.7%

The Sagas of Icelanders by Jane Smiley, 1200, 782 pages
 
  17 votes, 9.7%

 
  13 votes, 7.4%

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