Giovan Battista Angioletti

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Giovan Battista Angioletti (born November 27, 1896 in Milan , † August 3, 1961 in Santa Maria La Bruna in Torre del Greco ) was an Italian journalist and writer .


Giovan Battista Angioletti was the son of Emilio Angioletti and his wife Giannina, nee Camola. He began engineering studies at the Milan Technical College, but was drafted as an artillery officer in 1915 . During the First World War he was wounded several times and received the bronze medal for bravery . After the First World War he gave up his engineering studies and pursued his literary vocation, in which he combined journalistic work with writing fiction, after he had founded his first weekly literary newspaper La Terza Italia with a decidedly interventionist and nationalist orientation in 1914 . In 1920 he founded the literary magazine Trifalco and directed it until 1922 and worked on the magazine La Scure in Piacenza, of which he became co-editor in 1923.

From 1929 to 1932 he was, together with Curzio Malaparte , co-editor of L'Italia Letteraria and moved the editorial team from Milan to Rome ; after World War II he was again co-editor of this newspaper, albeit under the new name Fiera Letteraria ; he was also an employee of the Corriere della Sera .

From 1932 he stayed abroad and was among other things director of the Italian cultural institute in Prague until 1935 and lecturer at the University of Dijon and the University of Besançon from 1935 to 1937 ; from 1937 to 1940 he was the rector of the Italian courses at the University of Paris .

In 1940, during the German occupation of France , he came to Lugano in Switzerland to give a series of lectures, where he founded an Italian literary circle, as well as the literary page Pagina letteraria des Corriere del Ticino and the Premio Lugano. In this way he gave the Ticino cultural life new impetus, but this also led to the hostility of some intellectuals who only wanted him to be an official appointed by the fascist Italian government .

In 1945 he was forced to return to Italy because his residence permit was not renewed, where he resumed his literary work.

Over the years abroad, he had continued to work with newspapers and magazines, including the Corriere della Sera , L'Ambrosiano , L'Italiano and TS Eliot's The New Criterion .

In 1946 he took over the management of the magazine Fiera letteraria , which he directed for three years .

During his collaboration with Rai - Radiotelevisione Italiana from 1949, he contributed to the creation of the third program and also directed several cultural programs.

In 1952 he co-founded the magazine L'Approdo , which in 1958, after a three-year hiatus , was named L'Approdo literario , and of which he was director until his death.

He also translated texts by French authors who are particularly close to his heart, such as Gustave Flaubert and Voltaire .


  • Giovan Battista Angioletti was secretary of the Sindacato Nazionale Scrittori Italiani Italian writers' association .
  • In 1958 he founded the European writers' association COMES ( Communaute Europeenne des Ecrivains ), whose presidency he took over.


  • Giovan Battista Angioletti was the first winner to receive the Premio Bagutta in 1927 with Il giorno del giudizio, which was sponsored and financed by several Milanese artists and writers.
  • In 1949 he won the Strega Prize with the novel La memoria .
  • In 1960 he won the Viareggio Prize with the essay The Great Guests .

Fonts (selection)

  • La terra e l'avvenire. Piacenza 1923.
  • Il giorno del giudizio. Torino 1927.
  • Critiche e polemiche. Milano 1928.
  • Ritratto del mio paese. Milano 1929.
  • Buon veliero. Lanciano 1930.
  • Gustave Flaubert, Giovan Battista Angioletti: Corrispondenza. Lanciano 1931.
  • Milano. Firenze 1931.
  • Servizio di guardia. Lanciano 1932.
  • Amici di strada. Lanciano 1935.
  • Il generale in esilio. Vallecchi, Firenze 1938.
  • Le carte parlanti. Vallecchi, Firenze 1941.
  • Donata. Firenze 1941.
  • Il giorno del giudizio. Vallecchi, Firenze 1942.
  • La fuga del leone. Casa Editrice Le Monnier Firenze 1942.
  • Eclissi di luna. Vallecchi, Firenze 1943.
  • L'Italia felice. Roma 1947.
  • Narciso: racconti. Mondadori, Verona 1949.
  • Un europeo d'Italia. Torino 1951.
  • Il giorno del giudizio: donata. Vallencchi, Firenze 1952.
  • Inchiesta segreta. Gherardo Casini Editore, Rome 1953.
  • Inchiesta segreta. Rome 1953.
  • Gustave Flaubert, Mario Matucci, Giovanni Battista Angioletti, Enzo Fischetti, Paola Angioletti: Opere. GC Sansoni, Firenze 1953.
  • Voltaire, Giovan Battista Angioletti: Romanzi e racconti filosofici. Rome 1955.
  • Giobbe uomo solo. Milan 1955.
  • L'anatra alla normanna. Milano 1957.


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