- Category : Writers-Critic
- Type : MGP
- Profile : 4/1 - Opportunistic / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : JX Provocation
Italian essayist and critic noted for his writing style and for introducing Italian readers to valuable English and American writers.
As a young man Cecchi attended the University of Florence, wrote for the influential review La voce (“The Voice”), and wrote a poetry collection, Inno (1910; “Hymn”), and short stories before becoming a newspaper reviewer. In Storia della letteratura inglese nel secolo XIX (1915; “Outline of 19th-Century English Literature”), his critical models are Thomas De Quincey and Charles Lamb. He cofounded the review La ronda (“The Rounds”) in 1919. Cecchi’s best-known works are his collections of newspaper essays Pesci rossi (1920; “Goldfish”) and Corse al trotio (1936; “Trotting Races”), on a wide range of subjects from modern life to the future, as well as literary topics, treated with grace and humour. Among his later volumes are his travel writings ofMessico (1932; “Mexico”); an early attack on American attitudes, America amara (1940; “Bitter America”); and additional collections of art and literary criticism, several of which have been translated into English.
He died 6 September 1966.