Massimo Bontempelli

Massimo Bontempelli

Birth
Como, Provincia di Como, Lombardia, Italy
Death 21 Jul 1960 (aged 82)
Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Burial Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
Plot Ampliamento, Riquadro 144.
Memorial ID 130588400 · View Source
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Massimo was the son of Alfonso Bontempell and Maria Cislaghi. He was an Italian poet, playwright, novelist and composer. He was influential in developing and promoting the literary style known as magical realism.

Bontempelli graduated from the University of Turin in 1903. He taught elementary school for seven years, doing his writing on the side, but abandoned teaching for journalism when he could not secure a position at a secondary school. He served as a war correspondent during WWI. After the war, he settled in Milan and became interested in the literary styles of futurism and magical realism. In 1926, he, along with Curzio Malaparte, founded the journal "900". James Joyce, Max Jacob, and Rainer Maria Rilke sat on the editorial committee and Virginia Woolf and Blaise Cendrars were among the contributors.

During the late 1920s and early 1930s, Bontempelli was an active fascist. He served as a secretary of the fascist writers' union and spent time abroad lecturing on Italian culture and spreading propaganda. In 1938, he refused to accept a university post formerly held by a Jewish professor and was kicked out of the fascist party. After WWII, Bontempelli won a Senate race but the results were voided when his fascist ties were discovered. In 1953, Bontempelli's "L'amante Fedele" won the Strega Prize, Italy's most prestigious literary award.

In 1909 Massimo married Amelia Della Pergola (1886-1977), with whom he had a daughter, who died young, and a son Massimo (1911-1962).


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  • Added: 30 May 2014
  • Find a Grave Memorial 130588400
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Massimo Bontempelli (12 May 1878–21 Jul 1960), Find a Grave Memorial no. 130588400, citing Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, Rome, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46930290) .