Giacomo Leopardi was the greatest Italian poet of the nineteenth
century and was recognized by readers from Nietzsche to Beckett as
one of the towering literary figures in Italian history. To many,
he is the finest Italian poet after Dante.
Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), Italy's first and greatest modern poet, was also a critic, philosopher and philologist. His enormous Zibaldone, or philosophical and critical notebook, which many consider one of the great books of the 19th century, will be published in Penguin Classics in 2012.