The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Story of a Puppet (Italia Series)

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Readers familiar only with the Disney adaptations of Collodi’s classic will be surprised by this dark masterpiece, a central work in the Italian literary canon.
First published in serial form in 1881 in the Italian periodical Giornale dei Bambini, The Adventures of Pinocchio garnered immediate acclaim as a children’s story. Today Italians consider Pinocchio, along with The Divine Comedy and The Decameron, one of their most important works of literature. Collodi did more than merely weave a captivating tale. Through metaphor and allusion he summed up the national character of Italy and made biting commentary on many of the prominent social concerns of the nineteenth century, among them the despair and hunger of poverty, the importance of an education, and the hypocrisy of the judicial and medical establishments. Indeed, the universality of Collodi’s themes led Benedetto Croce to remark, “The wood from which Pinocchio is carved is humanity itself.” This vibrant new translation fully renders Collodi’s subtle and sarcastic wit, reclaiming the book for adult readers. The evocative illustrations by Carmelo Lettere are as delightfully refreshing and timeless as the story itself.
 

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CARLO COLLODI, a pseudonym he adopted from the town of his mother’s birth, was born Carlo Lorenzini in Florence in 1826. The author of several works of childrens’ fantasy, including an Italian translation of the French fairy tales of Charles Perrault, Collodi is best known for Pinocchio. He died in 1890.
 
Published June 1, 1998 by Zoland Books. 150 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On December 25, a new live-action version of the classic tale Pinocchio, starring and directed by Roberto Benigni, will open in the U.S. Many versions of the original story by Carlo Collodi are alr

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Children today are more likely to have seen the Walt Disney 1940 film version of Pinocchio than to have read the original book.

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While Walt Disney's 1940 animated film Pinocchio is a sugary adaptation of the familiar tale of a wooden puppet who learns life's lessons the hard way, British composer Jonathan Dove's two-act opera The Adventures of Pinocchio skillfully mixes both the fantastic and the sinister in his adaptation...

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