Carlo Collodi, Le Avventure di Pinocchio
Libreria Editrice Felice Paggi – 1883


Synopsis
The Philosopher Benedetto Croce stated that the wood Pinocchio was sculpted from was that of humanity itself. And, in truth, this disobedient boy, easily influenced by bad company, a liar and prepared to flee from the home of his creator but nevertheless endowed with profound kindness and an intuitive sense of justice, does represent a timeless symbol of infancy, of the children that we all were and shall be. And that explains just why this classic of the children’s genre turned into one of the great works of universal literature.


Biography
Carlo Collodi (1826-1890) was the pseudonym of Carlo Lorenzini. Born in Florence, he was a journalist and writer. He wrote for various newspapers and even founded some others, including Il Lampeone. He participated, as a volunteer, in the Italian wars of independence in 1848 and 1859. In 1876, he published his first book for children, Stories of Fairies. In 1881, in Giornale per I Bambibi, he published the first episode of The Adventures of Pinocchio – The Story of a Puppet. He died in his city of birth in 1890.
 

FunFacts
INSPIRATION BEHIND HIS PSEUDONYM NAME
Carlo Lorenzini chose Carlo Collodi as his pseudonym as a tribute to his mother’s hometown where he lived during his childhood – the village of Collodi, Tuscany, Italy.

PINOCCHIO IS STILL A REFERENCE IN OUR CURRENT CULTURE
Pinocchio continues to show up as a reference in several modern adaptations, like on the movie A.I.: Artificial Intelligence, by Steven Spielberg (2001), Shrek (2001) or Aquaman (2018).

THE JIMINY CRICKET
The Jiminy Cricket became a major character in Walt Disney’s 1940 movie adaptation. On the book, Pinocchio kills this talking cricket on the first pages.

PARCO DI PINOCCHIO
There is a park dedicated to Pinocchio and his author – Parco di Pinocchio –, which attracts several visitors every year to Collodi’s village, in Tuscany, Italy.

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