A comprehensive collection of materials tracing the career and work of prolific Futurist writer, Luciano Folgore, covering
his involvement in that movement as well as his later pioneering work in Italian children's radio and television. The archive
comprises a large volume of his manuscripts of poetry, theater, and prose, in addition to correspondence, clippings, photographs,
books, and other printed and related matter.
Luciano Folgore was born in 1889; his family name was Vecchi and his parents named him Omero. As if in response to this name
(Old Homer), he showed, very early, a talent for verse and began having poems regularly accepted for publication at the age
of fifteen. While these first poems were of a traditional rhymed and metered form, by 1908 Vecchi had become a Futurist who
wrote in the avant-garde mode. Accordingly, he adopted a pseudonym, Luciano Folgore (light/lightening bolt). From 1909 to
1919, he actively participated in all the Futurist events and battles as a member of Marinetti's inner circle. He also published
three volumes of Futurist poetry:
Il Canto dei Motori (1912),
Ponti sull'Oceano (1914), and
Città veloce (1919).
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