Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Collodi, Carlo

Writing pseudonym of Italian writer, editor and freedom-fighter Carlo Lorenzini (1826-1890), best-known as author of Le Avventure di Pinocchio (1881 Giornale dei bambini; 1883; trans M A Murray as The Story of a Puppet, or The Adventures of Pinocchio 1892 UK), telling the tale of Pinocchio. CC helped fight for Italian independence during the 1860s and after 1870 endeavoured to settle down as a theatrical censor and magazine editor, but soon turned to Children's Fantasy, first translating the Fairytales of Charles Perrault in 1875 and then starting a series of didactic fictions. Pinocchio, one such moral tale, was by the turn of the century established as a children's classic. It is less read today, having been supplanted in popular consciousness by the Disney movie Pinocchio (1940), but its theme of a naughty child who Learns Better as he tries to become a Real Boy is perennial. [MA]

Carlo Lorenzini


This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.