Giacomo Leopardi: Letters

Scope and Content

Letters from Leopardi to the following people: Cancellieri (5), Capurro, Monsignor Zacchia, G. Melchiorri (8), A.F. Stella (5), Monaldo Leopardi (4), Paolina, Count Muzzarelli (2), Professor Giovanni Rosini (6), Count Valdrighi and Feliciano Niccolini. On fo. 36 is a sheet of notes in Leopardi's hand, headed Crestomatia I. On fos 51-52 are two autograph letters of Paolina Leopardi.

Administrative / Biographical History

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), poet and essayist, was born on 29 June 1798 in Recanati, Italy, and educated by private tutors. He read widely in his youth, and learnt several languages. Leopardi wrote poetry, tragedies and philosophical writing, and translated classical literature. The strain caused by these efforts led him to suffer from poor health throughout his life. In 1822 he went to Rome, where his works were well received, although he disliked the city itself. In his later years he settled in Naples, where he died on 14 June 1837.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Charles Fairfax Murray, 1917.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.


For further details see K.T. Butler, 'Some unpublished letters of Giacomo Leopardi', Italian studies, 1 (1937), pp. 1-14.

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