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Mario Pratesi fonds
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1835-1971, predominant 1870-1920 (Creation)
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1.35 m of textual records
69 photographs : b&w, col. and sepia toned
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Name of creator
Mario Pratesi was an Italian teacher and respected author. He was born in Santa Fiora on Mont’Amiata near Grosseto, Italy, in 1842. Following the death of his mother when he was four years old, he continued to suffer from intense depression, eventually being hospitalized. After being released from the sanatorium he moved to Florence, with the ambition of becoming a writer. Financial necessity compelled him to earn his living as a teacher, however he wrote extensively in his free time, producing newspaper articles, book reviews, memorials, short stories, novellas, travel accounts, and novels, including Memorie del mio amico Tristano (1872), L’eredita (1889), Il Mondo di Dolcetta (1896, 1916), Le Perfidie del caso (1898) and Il Peccato del dottore. Pratesi retired from teaching in 1906, devoting his time to writing despite the hardships of terminal illness and poverty. Pratesi died in 1921.
Records were in the custody of Clara Carletti, the grand-daughter of Pratesi's cousin, who gave them to Anne Urbancic in the 1990's. The records were then gradually transferred to the Victoria University Library.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of the following series: Correspondence; Records relating to literary works; Photographs; and Family records.
Immediate source of acquisition
Records were initially received from Anne Urbancic in the 1990's. Further accessions were received in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017 and 2018.
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Carteggio Inedito di Mario Pratesi:
The Pratesi Project, led by Dr. Anne Urbancic (University of Toronto) and Dr. Carmela Colella (Brock University), brings together pictures and correspondence to offer a glimpse into the life of Mario Pratesi. Approximately 1600 items are catalogued in this database for the use of researchers, literary critics, historians, archivists and genealogists. http://pratesi.vicu.utoronto.ca/
No further accruals are expected.
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