Dark Flame of Poetry: Rare and Early D’Annunzio Editions

When and Where

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Multipurpose Room 105 (ground floor)
John M. Kelly Library
113 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3C2


Luca Somigli


The John M. Kelly Library at the University of St. Michael’s College is pleased to mount an exhibition celebrating the 160th anniversary of the birth of Gabriele D’Annunzio. Dark Flame of Poetry: Rare and Early Editions will celebrate the works of Gabriele D’Annunzio, an often-misunderstood Italian poet, novelist, dramatist, war hero, ultranationalist, political leader, journalist, and a self-proclaimed superman. Beginning with an overview of the Decadent movement and its impact on Italian literature, this exhibition will highlight rare D’Annunzio’s publications found in the library’s collections to show the diversity of D’Annunzio’s talent and his close collaboration with Symbolist artists and illustrators of his generation.

Curated by Remi Pulwer, Academic Librarian at the John M. Kelly Library, the exhibition will open on November 22, 2023, with a talk delivered by Professor Luca Somigli, holder of the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies at the University of Toronto’s Department of Italian Studies at 6 p.m.. A reception and exhibition viewing hosted by the Friends of the Kelly Library will follow.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the Dark Flame of Poetry that burns within D’Annunzio’s words. This in-person event promises to be an unforgettable experience for poetry enthusiasts and literary connoisseurs alike. Reserve your spot today!

Please RSVP separately for the opening talk and reception by November 17, 2023.

For more information, please contact kelly.library@utoronto.ca

Contact Information


John M. Kelly Library, University of St. Michael’s College