Books: Mixed Fiction, Aug. 29, 1955

MASTRO-DON GESUALDO, by Giovanni Verga (454 pp.; Grove Press; $3.50) is now reissued in the U.S. for the first time in 20 years. When D. H. Lawrence, who translated the book from the Italian, first discovered the works of Giovanni Verga, he wrote enthusiastically: "He is extraordinarily good—peasant—quite modern—Homeric . . ." Best known outside Italy for a minor work—his story Cavalleria Rusticana, on which the libretto for Mascagni's opera was based—Author Verga ranks second only to Manzoni among Italian novelists. Born in Sicily in 1840, he planned as his major work...

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