INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Alumnus donates Italian book to Special Collections
Critics consider the book, better known as Laudi del Cielo, del Mare, della Terra e degli E
roi, one of the most original poetic expressions of modern Italy, said Professor Sandro Sticca, who is working on a book on one of D’Annunzio’s French plays. D’Annunzio was a novelist, poet, dramatist and hero of World War I.
Sticca, director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, compared the donation to an autographed copy of Arthu
r Miller’s Death of a Salesman.
The book, published in Milan in 1917, bears a dedication in D’Annunzio’s distinctive handwriting. Sticca translated it this way: “To the Admiral Luigi Cito Filomarino – to the defender of Venice – I offer this naval poem where there is ‘the amoebean chant of war.’ Venice: the last day of 1917.”