This collection details the creative output
and life story of Italian writer and composer Massimo Bontempelli (1878-1960)
through extensive correspondence and photographs (bulk 1920-1960), manuscripts,
typescripts, drafts, clippings, and other media, a fair representation of his
novels, plays, short stories, essays, lectures, reviews, and musical
compositions, as well as documents about his personal relationships. It also
contains papers of Giosuè Borsi, and Paola Masino.
Massimo Bontempelli was born in 1878, the son of a railroad engineer
whose work obliged the family to move frequently. He attended secondary school
in Milan and university in Turin, where he graduated in both philosophy and
letters. After teaching elementary school for a number of years and failing to
win a position teaching Italian in secondary school, he turned to magazine
editing in 1910. During WWI he was a war correspondent, reporting from the
front, and then an artillery official (1917-1918).