Born on October 10, 1921 in Pieve di Soligo near Treviso, Andra Zanzotto is one of the most respected contemporary poets in Italy. His father, Giovanni, received degrees from the École supèrieure de peinture in Brussels and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. During his early ears the young Andrea lived with his parents near via Sirtori, but in 1922 they moved to the house in the Cal Santa district which is often described by the poet in his works.
He was called into military service soon after, but was deferred for asthma and other causes. He refused to respond to volunteer recruitment of the Fascist Party.
BOOKS OF POETRY
Dietro il paesaggio (Milan: Mondadori, 1951); Elegia e altri versa (Milan: Edizioni della meridiana); Vocativo (Milan: Mondadori, 1962); IX Egloghe (Milan: Mondadori, 1962); La Beltà (Milan: Mondadori, 1968); Gli sguardi i fatti e Senhal (Milan: Mondadori, 1969, 1990); A che valse? (Versi 1938-1986) (Milano: Scheiwiller, 1970); Pasque (Milan: Mondadori, 1973); Poesie (1938-1972) (Milan: Mondadori, 1973); Filò. Per Il Casanova di Felli (Milan: Mondadori, 1976); Il galateo in bosco (Milan: Mondadori, 1978); Filò e altre poesie (Milan: Scheiwiller, 1984); Fosfeni (Milan: Mondadori, 1983); Idioma (Milan: Mondadori, 1986); Poesie (1938-1986) (Milan: Mondadori, 1993); Meteo (Rome: Donzelli, 1996); Sovrimpressioni (Milan: Mondadori, 2001); Conglomerati (Milan: Mondadori, 2009)
BOOKS IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION
Selected Poetry of Andrea Zanzotto, trans. by Ruth Feldman and Brian Swann (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1975); Poems by Andrea Zanzotto, trans. by Antony Barnett and A. B. Lewes; Peasant's Wake for Fellini's "Casanova" and Other Poems, trans. by John P. Welle and Ruth Feldman (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997); Selected Poetry and Prose of Andrea Zanzotto, trans. by Patrick Barron, Ruth Feldman, Thomas J. Harrison, Brian Swann, John P. Welle, and Elizabeth A. Wilkins (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007)