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Edoardo Sanguineti Correspondence, 1946-1954

Identifier: MS118

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Scope and Contents

Edoardo Sanguineti wrote nearly one hundred letters to Gianna Sommi during his youth and formative years in university before he became well known as a poet, playwrite and essayist. All are written in Italian and organized chronologically, the bulk between 1946 and 1954 with only two pages written a decade later after she was married to Hans Panofsky and had moved to Evanston, Illinois.


  • 1946 - 1967
  • Majority of material found within 1946 - 1954


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Biographical / Historical

Edoardo Sanguineti (1930-2010) was born in Geonoa, Italy. Study for his Ph.D. at the University of Turin included a thesis on Dante which was published as Interpretazione di Malebolge (1961). He taught at various Italian universities, including those in Turin and Salerno, and published poetry, novels, opera libretti, and critical essays on Dante, twentieth-century authors and literary movements. As a member of the Italian avant-garde movement, he belonged to “Gruppo ‘63” and “i novissimi.” He also served as a representative in the Italian Parliament from 1979 to 1983. His political consciousness is revealed in his writing as much as his poetic surrealism. Northwestern University Library holds many of his published works, and titles and call numbers can be found in the online catalog.


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Language of Materials



Edoardo Sanguineti (1930-2010) taught at various Italian universites after receiving his doctorate at the University of Turin. He published poetry, novels, opera libretti, and critical essays on Dante, twentieth-century authors and literary movements. During his formative years he wrote this collection of some one hundred letters to fellow Italian Gianna Sommi before she moved to the United States to study at Cornell University on a Fulbright scholarship in 1957. All the letters written between 1946 and 1954, as well as the two letters in 1964 and 1967, are in Italian.


The letters in this collection have been organized chronologically and placed into folders.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection of letters written by Edoardo Sanguineti to Gianna Sommi Panofsky (1928-2010) were donated by her to the McCormick Library in 1996.

Guide to the Edoardo Sanguineti Correspondence, 1946-1954
Sigrid Pohl Perry
May 2005; April 17, 2020
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Library Details

Part of the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections Repository

Deering Library, Level 3
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston IL 60208-2300 US