Fonds 69 - Mario Pratesi fonds

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Mario Pratesi fonds

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CA ON00399 69

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  • 1818-1971, predominant 1870-1920 (Creation)

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1.37 m of textual records
69 photographs : b&w, col. and sepia toned
3 drawings
1 artifact

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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.

Custodial history

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 contains records relating to Mario Pratesi's career as a writer, as well as family records.

Fonds consists of the following series:

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Records relating to literary work
Series 3: Photographs
Series 4: Family records

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Records were initially received from Anne Urbancic in the 1990's. Further accessions were received in 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2021.


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  • Italian

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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.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Literary and Film Resources

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