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In the Name of Rodari


In the name of Gianni Rodari (Omegna 1920–Rome 1980), there will be multiple celebrations in the year 2020, marking one hundred years from his birth, forty from his death, and fifty from his Hans Christian Andersen Award, considered the Nobel for children’s literature. Rodari’s work is translated in some twenty-five countries, and yet his writing for children is often considered minor literature. This essay briefly discusses Rodari’s interest in fairy tales across his career and as part of his profile as an Italian public intellectual, journalist, and educator with a strong commitment to social justice.