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Carlo Collodi

Carlo Collodi
Born (1826-11-24)24 November 1826
Florence, Italy
Died 26 October 1890(1890-10-26) (aged 63)
Florence, Italy
Occupation Writer, Novelist
Genre Children's literature

Carlo Lorenzini, better known by the pen name Carlo Collodi (; 24 November 1826 – 26 October 1890), was an Italian children's writer known for the world-renowned fairy tale novel The Adventures of Pinocchio.

Early life

Collodi was born in Florence on 24 November 1826. Although he was born in Florence, he spent most of his childhood in a town called Collodi where his mother was born. His mother was a farmer's daughter and his father was a cook. He had 10 other siblings but seven died at a young age.


During the Italian wars of Independence in 1848 and 1860 Collodi served as a volunteer with the Tuscan army. His active interest in political matters may be seen in his earliest literary works as well as in the founding of the satirical newspaper Il Lampione. This newspaper was censored by order of the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1849 but re-emerged in May 1860.

Lorenzini had won fame as early as 1856 with his novel In vapore and had also begun intense activity on other political newspapers such as Il Fanfulla; at the same time he was employed by the Censorship Commission for the Theatre. During this period he composed various satirical sketches and stories (sometimes simply by collating earlier articles), including Macchiette (1880), Occhi e nasi (1881), Storie allegre (1887).

In 1875, he entered the domain of children's literature with Racconti delle fate, a translation of French fairy tales by Perrault. In 1876 Lorenzini wrote Giannettino (inspired by Alessandro Luigi Parravicini's Giannetto), the Minuzzolo, and Il viaggio per l'Italia di Giannettino, a series which explored the re-unification of Italy through the ironic thoughts and actions of the character Giannettino.

Lorenzini became fascinated by the idea of using an amiable, rascally character as a means of expressing his own convictions through allegory. In 1880 he began writing Storia di un burattino ("The story of a marionette"), also called Le avventure di Pinocchio, which was published weekly in Il Giornale per i Bambini (the first Italian newspaper for children).


Lorenzini died in Florence in 1890, unaware of the fame and popularity that awaited his work. He is buried at San Miniato al Monte Basilica.

External links

Pinocchio by Enrico Mazzanti (1852-1910) - the first illustrator (1883) of Le avventure di Pinocchio.
  • Pinocchio Park Collodi Tuscany
  • New York Review of Books
  • Carlo Collodi National Foundation Collodi Tuscany
  • Works by Carlo Collodi at Project Gutenberg
    • Project Gutenberg e-text of The Adventures of Pinocchio (translated from the Italian by Carol Della Chiesa)
  • Works by or about Carlo Collodi at Internet Archive
  • Works by Carlo Collodi at LibriVox (public domain audiobooks)
  • Find-A-Grave profile for Carlo Collodi
  • Carlo Collodi and Modern Politics - Any Parallels ?
  • from "Pinocchio. Le avventure di un burattino" listen to chapt.1 - 2 - 12 audio mp3 for free
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