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Gabriele D'Annunzio

Gabriele D'Annunzio, March 12, 1863–March 1, 1938, Prince of Montenevoso, was an Italian novelist, poet, playwright, and essayist whose work is associated with the Decadent, Symbolist, and Aetheticist movements of the late 19th century. An intense nationalist and elitist and an opponent of liberal democracy and capitalism, D'Annunzio was also politically active, serving briefly in the Italian parliament. In 1915, he was instrumental in exhorting the Italians to enter the First World War, in which he served heroically, despite his age. After the war, he seized control of the city of Fiume, which he ruled for 15 carnivalesque months as Duce. His political and aesthetic ideas paved the way for the rise of Benito Mussolini, whose Fascist regime rendered him high honors.
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Tristan & Isolde

John William Waterhouse, "Tristan and Isolde Sharing the Potion," 1916

John William Waterhouse, “Tristan and Isolde Sharing the Potion,” 1916

4,526 words

From D’Annunzio’s novel Il trionfo della morte (The Triumph of Death, 1894)

Translated by V. M. Crawford

Giorgio Aurispa had not forgotten a single episode of his first religious pilgrimage towards the Ideal Theatre; he could recall every instant of his extraordinary emotion in that hour when he had first seen on the fair hillside, at the further extremity of a long leafy avenue, the building dedicated to the supreme festival of Art; he could reconstruct the amphitheater in its solemn vastness, girdled by columns and arches, the mystery of the Mystical Gulf. Read more …

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