Torino, presso Pietro Marietti Librajo e Neg.te di Stampe. [n.d. c.1850.]
Lithograph. 610 x 450mm. 24 x 17¾". Some creasing around the edges.
Silvio Pellico (1789-1854) was an Italian writer, poet, dramatist and patriot. His early years were spent in Lyon, where he devoted his time to the study of French literature, and in 1810 he returned to Milan, where he became professor of French in the Collegio degli Orfani Militari. He began work as a private tutor but aimed to weaken the hold of the Austrian despotism through means of education and his teachings. He was taken on as the secretary of management of the Conciliatore, a review which appeared in 1818. However, the paper ran for only a year until the society was broken up by the government. In 1820 Pellico was arrested on the charge of Carbonarism; forming part of a secret revolutionary society, with patriotic and liberal goals but with little and very unclear policital focus. He was sentenced to death, however in 1822 this was readdressed and he was sentenced to fifteen years in prison. He was later released in 1830 and set about publishing his prison compositions. The most famous of these works was Le mie prigioni, an account of his prison sufferings, which gained him the friendship of Marchesa di Barolo, with whom he stayed until his death following the passing away of his parents.
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