ΦΩΣΚΟΛΙΑΝΑ: Ugo Foscolo in Regency London (1816-1827): Holland House, His Houses and the Cenotaph

10 Sep

Letters from the exile

Ugo Foscolo Cenotaph in Chiswick, London

Here for the first time in my life I have learnt that my name is not entirely unknown among mortals and I find myself accepted as though I were a man who has enjoyed unsullied fame for a century
Ugo Foscolo, writing from London


The Arrival in London: Holland House in Kensington

When in 1816 one of the Italian servants at Holland House informed Lord Holland that an Italian by the name of Ugo Foscolo had arrived in London, his fame had already preceded him. This celebrated poet and writer, who can be said to have expressed in literature the smoothness and classicism of Canova’s sculptures, was already known in England for his novel Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis (The Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis), published in 1811 by an Italian bookseller and publisher in London. The novel was at first dismissed as…

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