Student library info The Student library info pertains to the period when Beckett was a student at Trinity College Dublin (1923-1927) and a lecturer at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and TCD (1928-1931). It explains when he is thought to have acquired and read the book in question, based on his inscription, as well as various external sources including the official TCD college calendars, his 'Dream' Notebook, and his letters.Read: by October 1927.
The College Calendars do not mention Fornaciari. However, Beckett most likely used this copy during his studies or for his Modertatorship exam. In the chronological account, Beckett marked passages on almost every page up to, but excluding, the third to last chapter (on Leopardi). The various markings in coloured pencils indicate that the book may have been used at different periods of time.
Fornaciari, Raffaello: Disegno storico della letteratura italiana
Florence: G.C. Sansoni, 1901
Notes: - marginalia: Words or phrases are underlined on virtually every page. Several marginal notes indicating the English translation of certain words or dates. No markings after page 302, i.e. after Chapter on Manzoni and Romanticism [next chapter is Leopardi and Pessimism]. markings: Pencil, coloured pencils (blue, green, brown, purple) - no obvious pattern to this, but may have been worked on at intervals.- the book is too brittle to scan; - like the Boccaccio, this appears to have been used at TCD

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