Full name: Gabriele D'Annunzio
Born: March 12, 1863 in Pescara, Pescara, Italy
Died: March 1, 1938 in Gardone Riviera, Brescia, Italy
Title: Principe di Montenevoso
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Gabriele D’Annunzio was an Italian poet, journalist, novelist and dramatist belonging to the late-romantic representatives of Fin de Siècle symbolism. At the height of his success, D'Annunzio was celebrated for the originality, power and decadence of his writing. His role in politics is controversial due to his influence on the Italian Fascists movement and his status as the alleged forerunner of dictator Benito Mussolini. He is often seen as a precursor of the ideals and techniques of Italian fascism.
In 1922, shortly before the march on Rome, he was pushed out of a window by an unknown assailant, surviving although he was severely injured and did not completely recover before Mussolini had been appointed Prime Minister and hailed by the fascists as duce del fascismo. In 1924 D’Annunzio was ennobled by King Victor Emmanuel III and given the hereditary title of Principe di Montenevoso. In 1938 he died of a stroke. He was given a state funeral by Mussolini and was interred in a magnificent tomb constructed of white marble.
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