LE CONFESSIONI DI UN ITALIANO
In 1970 the University's final Thesis presented in Bocconi University of Milan by Lea Slerca with prof. Claudio Gorlier as supervisor, was published in "Studi e ricerche di letteratura inglese e americana- ed. Cisalpino". It consisted in a comparative textual analysis between the two novels W. M. Thackeray's "Henry Esmond" and Ippolito Nievo's "Le Confessioni di un Italiano."
This thesis points out the analogies between the two novels , both in the fundamental structure of the plot, in the psychological outlines of the main characters, in frequent episodes and in the use of metaphors. All these coincidences cannot be casual, according to me.
It would be very interesting to deepen the textual analysis with a further study in order to find out the real dimension of the creativity of Nievo as well as Nievo's invention with regard to Thackeray.
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