Edmondo De Amicis


Edmondo Mario Alberto De Amicis (October 21, 1846, Oneglia, Italy - March 11, 1908, Bordighera, Italy), known as Edmondo de Amicis or Edmundo de Amicis, was an Italian writer, novelist, journalist and author of travel books. He is best remembered, above all, for his novel Heart: Diary of a Child, from 1886. [citation needed ]


He had his first contact with literature in Cuneo. He studied at a Turin high school. He entered the Military Academy of Modena at the age of sixteen, where he obtained the officer's degree. With this category he participated in the battle of Custoza in 1866. He would later become a traveler and writer, reflecting in his works the experiences of his travels. His work is characterized by the mixture of romanticism and realism with a highly ethical purpose in the sense of always guiding the reader towards the good. [citation needed ]

Morocco (1876), Spain (1873) and Holland (1874) are some of the numerous travel books that also achieved success for the facility shown to quickly describe the places and customs that are offered before his eyes. Subsequently, he wrote his novel Friends ( Gli amici , 1883). [citation needed ]

De Amicis would later join the Socialist Party, in whose newspaper Il Grido del Popolo he published articles that he later collected in his book Social Question (Questione sociale , 1894), on which he gave several lectures. He returned to literary activity with A Master's Novel (1890), whose style, different from that used in his previous works, according to certain critics was bitter and disillusioned. His next work, L & # 39; idioma gentile (1905), was an apology not only for the Italian language, but also for the traditions and culture of his country. [ citation required ]

Previously, in 1886, he published his work, perhaps the best known, Corazón (In Spanish Corazón: Diario de un niño, conceived in the form of a personal diary): the narration follows Enrique throughout his school year as a third grade student in a municipal school in Turin, interspersed with narratives with an emotional tone. It was translated into multiple languages and taken to the cinema and television and later, in the form of cartoons, in the Japanese series Marco, from the Apennines to the Andes, inspired by the narration interpolated in this book as well called From the Apennines to the Andes.[citation required]


  • The military vitae (1868) (military life)
  • Novelle (1872) (Novelas)
  • Ricordi of 1870-1871 (Records of 1870-1871)
  • The Spagna (1872) (Spain, journey during the reign of Amadeo I de Saboya, 2002)
  • Ricordi di Londra (1873) (London, 2008)
  • Ricordi di Parigi (1878) (Paris resolutions, 2008)
  • Costantinopoli (1878/79) (Constantinopla, 2007)
  • Wine and its psychological effects (1880)
  • Gli Amici (1883) (Friends)
  • Cuore (1886) (Corazón, trad. de H Giner de los Ríos. Ed. Hernando 1887)
  • In the Ocean (1890) (trad. of H Giner de los Ríos. Ed. Clerici, Maucoi and Restelli 1898)
  • Love and gymnastics (Amore and gin, 1892).
  • The little Florentine writer.

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