Giuseppe Antonio Borgese

Borgese, Giuseppe Antonio (jōzĕpˈpā äntōˈnyō bōrjāˈzā) [key], 1882–1952, Italian-American author, b. near Palermo, Ph.D. Univ. of Florence, 1903. From 1910 to 1931 he taught at the universities of Rome and Milan. An anti-Fascist, he emigrated to the United States in 1931 and was naturalized in 1938. He taught at Smith (1932–35) and the Univ. of Chicago (from 1936). Secretary of the Committee to Frame a World Constitution, he was the chief author of its Chicago draft (1947). All his activities—philosophic, poetic, political—were colored by his concept of spiritual unity or, in his word, syntax. His works of criticism, fiction, and poetry include the novel Rubè (1921, tr. 1923) and, written in English, Goliath: the March of Fascism (1937) and Common Cause (1943).

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