The Leopard, the eponymous hero of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa's novel, resembles his creator—an erudite aristocrat who faced his declining fortunes with razor-sharp irony.
by GUISEPPE DI LAMPEDUSA
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At the time of his premature death, in 1957, at the age of sixty, only a handful of people knew that Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa had written a novel. They included his wife, Licy, a Latvian-born psychoanalyst; his recently adopted heir, Gioacchino Lanza Tomasi; his cousin, Lucio Piccolo, a prizewinning, late-blooming poet; and a few other close friends and relatives.
Most of Lampedusa's intimate friends were in fact
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