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Among the founders of the journals Leonardo and Lacerba , he conceived literature as an "action" and gave his writings an oratory and irreverent tone. Though self-educated, he was considered influential iconoclastic editor and writer, leading in Italian futurism , he participated in the early literary movements of youth.
A living part of the literary, foreign philosophical and political movements, such as the French intuitionism of Bergson and the Anglo-American pragmatism of Peirce and James , which at the beginning of the twentieth century promoted the aging of Italian culture and life from Florence, in the name of an individualistic and dreamy conception of life and art, and a spokesman in Roman Catholic religious belief. Papini's literary success began with his known works include Il Crepuscolo dei Filosofi "The Twilight of the Philosophers" , published in , and his publication of his auto-biographical novel Un Uomo Finito "A finished man".
Papini was born into a lower-middle-class family in Florence , the capital of Tuscany. Controversial and discussed intellectual , admired for his writing style, he was a scholar of philosophy, religion , literary critic and heated polemicist , narrator and poet , popularizer of pragmatism and historical avant-gardes such as futurism and post-decadentism.
He went from one position to another on the fronts, always dissatisfied and uneasy, he converted from the anti-clericalism and atheism that turned catholicism on; went from cursing and convinced interventionism before to aversion to war. In the s, after moving from individualism to conservatism , he finally joined fascism , while maintaining an aversion to nazism. Almost removed from the great literature after its disappearance mainly due to its ideological choices, it was later appreciated and re-evaluated; in , the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges called him an "undeservedly forgotten" author.
Born in Florence as the son of a modest furniture retailer and former member of Giuseppe Garibaldi 's Redshirts from Borgo degli Albizi , Papini's mother baptized Papini secretly to avoid the aggressive anti-clericalism of his father. Papini lived a rustic, lonesome childhood. At that time he had felt a strong aversion to all beliefs, to all churches , as well as to any form of servitude which he saw as connected to religion ; he also became enchanted with the idea of writing an encyclopedia wherein all cultures would be summarized.
Trained at the Istituto di Studi Superiori —2 , he taught for a year in the Anglo-Italian school and then was librarian at the Museum of Anthropology from to He would later join the staff of Il Regno ,  a nationalist publication directed by Enrico Corradini , who formed the Associazione Nazionalistica Italiana , to support his country colonial expansionism.
Papini met William James and Henri Bergson , who greatly influenced his early works. Papini proclaimed the death of philosophers and the demolition of thinking itself. He briefly flirted with Futurism   and other violent and liberating forms of Modernism  Papini is the character in several poems of the period written by Mina Loy. After leaving Il Leonardo in , Giovanni Papini founded several other magazines. From three years Papini was correspondent for the Mercure de France and later literary critic for La Nazione.
Other books came from his pen. His Parole e Sangue "Words and Blood" showed his fundamental atheism. Furthermore, Papini sought to create scandal by speculating that Jesus and John the Apostle had a homosexual relationship. A critic wrote of him:. Giovanni Papini [ He is an excellent representative of modernity's restless search for truth, and his work exhibits a refreshing independence founded, not like so much so-called independence, upon ignorance of the past, but upon a study and understanding of it.
He published verse in , grouped under the title Opera Prima. In , Papini announced his newly found Roman Catholicism ,   publishing his Storia di Cristo "The Story of Christ" , a book which has been translated into twenty-three languages and has had a worldwide success.
He became a teacher at the University of Bologna in , when the Fascist authorities confirmed Papini's " impeccable reputation " through the appointment. In , Papini published the only volume of his History of Italian Literature , which he dedicated to Benito Mussolini : " to Il Duce , friend of poetry and of the poets ",  being awarded top positions in academia , especially in the study of Italian Renaissance.
Largely discredited at the end of World War II ,  he was defended by the Catholic political right. His work concentrated on different subjects, including a biography of Michelangelo , while he continued to publish dark and tragic essays.
He collaborated with Corriere della Sera , contributing articles that were published as a volume after his death. Papini had been suffering from progressive paralysis due by motor neuron disease  and was blind during the last years of his life. He was admired by Bruno de Finetti , founder of a subjective theory of probability and Jorge Luis Borges , who remarked that Papini had been "unjustly forgotten" and included some of his stories in the Library of Babel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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