Alessandro Manzoni was the Italian Dickens. Perhaps Walter Scott may be a more fitting comparison, as Manzoni's novel, The Betrothed, is indeed a great historical novel. But Manzoni's impact has been similar to Dickens's. Manzoni wrote plays and poems, but he is mostly famous for one work: indeed, The Betrothed. Manzoni was the grandson of Cesare Beccaria and his natural father was probably Pietro Verri. Indeed, he came from a family at the very center of the Lombard Enlightenment. In his youth, he spent time in Paris, where he got to know the Ideologues and absorbed their teachings. Later, he rediscovered his Catholic roots, but he never repudiated a politically liberal persuasion. As a rule, his
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