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date: 27 November 2020

Gozzi, Carlo 

The Companion to Theatre and Performance

(1720–1806)Italian writer. Gozzi was born into the ancient Venetian aristocracy which Carlo *Goldoni, his lifelong adversary, satirized as a set of impecunious drones. Gozzi was author of many verses and pamphlets, mainly polemical in purpose, and from them he emerges as a bilious defender of the nobility, Church, and state against the encroachment of Enlightenment thought, and indeed as an opponent of reform of all types. He was every inch the patrician, dilettante man of letters, out of sympathy with the new breed of professional artist emerging in the proto-capitalist Venice of his day.... ...

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