A Centenary Commemoration

Mario Pratesi

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CARO AMICO: CORRESPONDENCE

Pratesi cultivated close friendships with noteworthy individuals throughout his life. In addition to fellow writers, his circle included artists, poets, musicians, educators, academics and politicians, many of whom supported and promoted his work to audiences across Europe. The correspondence in this section reveals both the professional and intimate nature of these relationships.

Piero Barbèra

Piero Barbèra (1854-1921), publisher, was director of the publishing house founded by his father.


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Letter from Mario Pratesi to Piero Barbèra, November 27, 1882. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 2, File 19. Victoria University Library Special Collections.
Giacomo Barzellotti, [n.d.].
Giacomo Barzellotti, [n.d.]. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2011.06, Box 1, File 4, P04. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Giacomo Barzellotti

Giacomo Barzellotti (1844-1917), positivist philosopher, critic, prolific author, professor (University of Rome) and Italian Senator. He was one of Pratesi’s closest friends.


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Card from Giacomo Barzellotti to Mario Pratesi, August 15, 1917. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 14. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Arrigo Boito

Arrigo Boito (1842-1918), musician, Italian patriot and poet of the Milanese school called Scapigliatura, he is known for his operatic libretti including for Giuseppe Verdi.


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Card from Arrigo Boito to Mario Pratesi, [n.d.]. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 20. Victoria University Library Special Collections.
Giosuè Carducci, [n.d.].
Giosuè Carducci, [n.d.]. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2011.06, Box 1, File 1, P05. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Giosuè Carducci

Giosuè Carducci (1835-1907), renowned Italian writer and poet, he was awarded the Nobel prize for Literature in 1906.


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Letter from Mario Pratesi to Giosuè Carducci, January 7, 1896. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 2, File 25. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

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Letter from Giosuè Carducci to Mario Pratesi, January 31, 1896. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 28. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Mary Clotilde Coronaro

Mary Clotilde (dei Marchesi Ricci d’Azeglio) Coronaro (1861-1936), wife of composer Gaetano Coronaro, she and Pratesi became intimately involved. Pratesi’s notes and private thoughts to “my firefly” are directed to her.


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Letter from Mario Pratesi to Mary Clotilde Coronaro, July 26, 1889. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 2, File 36. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Angelo DeGubernatis

Angelo DeGubernatis (1840-1913), prolific writer of themes pertaining to mythology and the culture of the Orient. He is also well known for his biographies of contemporary writers and scholars.


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Letter from Mario Pratesi to Angelo De Gubernatis, February 11, 1880. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 2, File 39. Victoria University Library Special Collections.
Isidoro Del Lungo, 1915.
Isidoro Del Lungo, 1915. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2011.06, Box 1, File 3, P06. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Isidoro Del Lungo

Isidoro Del Lungo (1841-1927), literary critic and linguist, first president of the prestigious literary society Accademia della Crusca.


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Letter (draft) from Mario Pratesi to Isidoro Del Lungo, early October 1915. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 2, File 40. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Alessandro Franchi

Alessandro Franchi (1838-1914), Sienese painter. Among his works are the scenes of the life of St. Catherine of Siena, found in the house and sanctuary of the saint. He was the husband of sculptress and poet Luisa Mussini Franchi.


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Letter from Alessandro Franchi to Mario Pratesi, February 15, 1891. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 54. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

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Card from Alessandro Franchi to Mario Pratesi, May 2, 1905. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 54. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Elena Cini French

Elena Cini French (1844-1922), the wife of Antonio French, she directed a school for girls in Pistoia, Tuscany. She was also President of various Italian feminist associations in the early 20th century.


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Letter from Mario Pratesi to Elena Cini French, August 1, 1908. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 2, File 32. Victoria University Library Special Collections.
Jessie Hillebrand, 1891.
Jessie Hillebrand, 1891. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2011.06, Box 1, File 1, P01. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Jessie Laussot Hillebrand

Jessie Laussot Hillebrand (née Taylor) (nicknamed Madonna), (1829-1905), the daughter of Edgar Taylor of London, she was among the foremost promoters in Italy of her friend Richard Wagner. Author of a book on music theory (written in Italian), she also founded and directed the Cherubini Choral Society (Florence). Wife of Karl Hillebrand.


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Letter from Jessie Hillebrand to Mario Pratesi, July 2, 1869. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 73. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

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Letter from Jessie Hillebrand to Mario Pratesi, April 18, 1891. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 73. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Karl Hillebrand

Karl Hillebrand (nicknamed The Fox), (1829-1884), Italophile, historian, author of many volumes. He also wrote on contemporary Italian literature. Husband of Jessie Laussot Hillebrand, a noted promoter of music and musicians, including Richard Wagner.


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Letter from Karl Hillebrand to Mario Pratesi, July 18, 1874. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 74. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Ersilia Caetani Lovatelli

Ersilia Caetani Lovatelli (1840-1925), known for her archeological studies. She was the first female member of the prestigious Accademia dei Lincei; she was also an early member of the literary society Accademia della Crusca.


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Card from Ersilia Caetani Lovatelli to Mario Pratesi, August 4, 1909. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 82. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

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Card from Ersilia Caetani Lovatelli to Mario Pratesi, June, 21, 1909. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 82. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Luisa Franchi Mussini

Luisa Franchi Mussini (1865-1925), sculptress and poet, she was the daughter of painter Luigi Mussini, and the wife of Alessandro Franchi.


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Card from Luisa Mussini to Mario Pratesi, December 16, 1914. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 104. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Ada Negri

Ada Negri (1870-1945), well-known poet and writer, winner of several literary awards.


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Card from Ada Negri to Mario Pratesi, August 10, 1904. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 105. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Violet Paget

Violet Paget (1856-1935), (pseud.: Vernon Lee), prolific English writer residing in Florence. She promoted Pratesi in England.


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Letter from Violet Paget [Vernon Lee] to Mario Pratesi, November 20, 1898. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 79. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Luisa Bruschetti Santandrea

Luisa Bruschetti Santandrea (1890-1963), poet and author, editor of the feminist journal Matelda. Pratesi was her literary mentor.


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Letter from Mario Pratesi to Luisa Bruschetti Santandrea, August 6, 1921. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 2, File 85. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Sidney Sonnino

Sidney Sonnino (1847-1922), writer and politician, as well as founder and director of various journals. He was Prime Minister of Italy (1906, 1909-10); he retired from politics disillusioned by the situation in which Italy found herself after WWI.


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Card from Sidney Sonnino to Mario Pratesi, October 15, 1920. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 145. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Niccolò Tommaseo

Niccolò Tommaseo (1802-1874), writer, linguist, philosopher and poet. He compiled various dictionaries of the Italian language. Pratesi was his secretary in the late 1860s.


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Letter from Niccolò Tommaseo to Mario Pratesi, March 27, 1869. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 146. Victoria University Library Special Collections.

Alice Werner

Alice Werner (1859-1935), born to British parents in Trieste, she translated some of Pratesi’s work into English. Later she became well known for her expertise in Bantu and Swahili language and culture.


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Letter from Alice Werner to Mario Pratesi, August 8, 1883. Mario Pratesi fonds, F69. 2009.19, Box 1, File 158. Victoria University Library Special Collections.


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