Education: Depressed

Impressed by his accomplishments, Columbia University in December invited Giovanni Papini (famed Italian author: Life of Christ, etc.) to deliver Italian lectures this summer. Papini, "delighted as a child," accepted.

A month later, he met with a motor accident, broke a bone in his heel. His eyes, always troublesome, became worse. Depressed, he retired to a tiny farm near Assisi, taking with him his children and his illiterate, once-beautiful peasant wife, Giacinta, whom he married for "her chestnut mane and savage, beautiful teeth."

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