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Carlo Collodi

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Carlo Collodi (1826-1890)
by Attilio Mussino

Carlo Lorenzini, who used the pseudonym Carlo Collodi, was born in Florence and became a journalist. His pen name was based on his mother’s birthplace, Collodi. He became a journalist, served as a theatrical censor, and became the founder of a satirical magazine, Il lampione.

His first work for children was a translation of Perrault’s fairy tales, followed by original works of instruction intended to entertain as well as instruct. In 1881 he began the serialized story Pinocchio, using his own childhood as a partial inspiration for the naughty puppet. The story was published as a book in 1883, which became an enormous success and has remained a favourite world-wide.

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Source: Osborne Collection of Early Children’s Books, Toronto Public Library.