Ritorni. Leggere e tradurre la poesia di Melville in Italia
Copyright (c) 2020 Giuseppe Nori
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The bicentennial of Herman Melville’s birth in 1819 was variously celebrated all over the world. Commemorations of his life, works, and legacy included conferences and exhibitions, while a new publishing fervour surrounded his books. Taking the cue from Melville’s 200th birthday this essay reviews the reception of his work in Italy – after the first revival of interest in the 1920s – from the 1930s through the present. A survey of the Italian translations and editions that made him known mostly as an innovative prose writer ahead of his time invites a reconsideration of a less acknowledged output of his literary art, namely poetry, especially the lyric verse of the final years of his life, which in Italy are still awaiting fuller recognition and popularization