Giovanni Macchia
1992 Balzan Prize for History and Criticism of Literature
For his masterly historical and critical work in literature. He has succeeded in reconciling knowledge, subtle psychological insight and the writer’s art. His love for research and discovery became pleasure in literature for a wide readership. Comparative historian of Italian and French literature and the arts, he has brought, through his books, the proof that intelligence, culture and sensitivity have the power to highlight the joys and anxieties of the human spirit.

Italy, Università di Roma La Sapienza

*1912 - †2001
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