Italy: A Century Old

As popular as ever, Pinocchio has a special birthday party

One hundred years ago, Carlo Loren-zini found himself light on cash and heavy on gambling debts. Driven to action, the 54-year-old civil servant-turned-writer concocted a tale about a wooden marionette and sold the first chapter to a children's newspaper, reportedly describing the story as "a little nonsense." By the 15th installment, the author was no longer harried by financial troubles and decided to seal his hero's fate by having him hanged by a devious fox and cat. But popular outrage quickly compelled...

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