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The Italian exile. Lady Montagu, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde



The Italian exile. Lady Montagu, Lord Byron, Oscar Wilde

Talk by Masolino d’Amico

What did Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762), George Gordon Lord Byron (1788-1824) and Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) have in common? Possibly, something to do with destiny.

They all were original and gifted scholars, and they all enjoyed great social success which threatened to ruin them when, after a scandal, they had to leave their Country to never come back (only Lady Mary, old and frail, managed to set foot to England one more time before she died). They all settled in Italy, at different times, after brief stints in other European countries. And all of them, especially the first two, found Italy particularly congenial and described it with passion to their contemporaries back home.

And finally, they all avoided mixing with the expat community, as many others had done, preferring to get to know the life and culture of the locals, interpreting it with wit and a sense of humour, getting to learn to speak the language fluently. They all kept interesting correspondences, which Masolino d’Amico had at different times the opportunity to edit, from which it is possible to extract lively, at times funny, always informative pages on their authors or the places – Venice, Rome, Palermo... – where their pilgrimages brought them.


Masolino d’Amico has been a Professor of Lingua e Letteratura Inglese at the University Roma Tre. He has published several translations from the English by authors such as Oscar Wilde, Lyman Frank Baum, William Shakespeare, Edwin Abbott, Samuel Richardson e Lewis Carroll, as well as playwrights such as Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller.


Date: Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Time: From 7:00 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entrance : Free


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