Luigi Pirandello


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Luigi Pirandello (28 June 1867 – 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, and short story writer awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934, for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage". Pirandello's works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays, some of which are written in Sicilian. Pirandello's tragic farces are often seen as... more »

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  • ''Anyone can be heroic from time to time, but a gentleman is something you have to be all the time.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. Maurizio, in The Pleasure of Honesty, act 1.
  • ''In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. Silia, in The Rules of the Game, act 2.
  • Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his...
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The Father, addressing the Manager, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 3.
  • Woman—for example, look at her case! She turns tantalizing inviting glances on you. You seize her. No sooner does she feel herself in your grasp than she closes her eyes. It is a sign of her miss...
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father addressing the step-daughter, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1.
  • ''Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels.''
    Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936), Italian author, playwright. The father, in Six Characters in Search of an Author, act 1 (1921).
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