Giuseppe Ungaretti was born in Egypt in 1888 to Italian parents. In his twenties he moved to Paris, where he studied at the Sorbonne, and then to Milan, where he became a central figure in the literary avant-garde. After serving in World War I, he lived near Rome for several years. From 1936 to 1942 he taught at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. He returned to Rome in 1942, where he taught at the University of Rome until his retirement. His poems are collected in Vita d’un uomo (Life of a Man; 1969). He died in Milan in 1970.
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