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Sir George Cathcart No. 617

Salvatore Quasimodo (1901-1968)


Poet, Author and Nobel Prize Winner






Born August 20, 1901 in Modica, Sicily Italy, he came from parents originally from Syracuse, Italy.

He started his writing in his early childhood but his parents led him into technical studies, sending him to a technical school on Palermo and then to the Polytechnic High School in Rome.

He had no money to farther his education so he took a job in civil services in the Italian Government from 1926 to 1938.

He learned Greek and Latin by himself and eventually graduated with a degree in literature history.

In 1938 he was the editor of the weekly magazine “Tempo” and taught Italian literature at the G. Verdi Conservatory in Milan until 1941


Because of his anti-fascist activities he was imprisoned during World War 11. after the war he was a member of the Italian Communist Party for a short time but left because they forced him to write political poems. He became the most important and famous poet in Italy with his first book of poems being published in 1930 and many more followed it.

He translated works of Shakespere, Moliere and others, He also won several literary prizes including the 1953 Etna-Taormina International Prize in Poetry.

and the 1959 Nobel Prize for Literature.

He suffered a stroke during a poetry contest and died in Naples Italy June 14th, 1968


Bro. Salvatore was a member of Lodge Arnaldo da Brescia No. 959 (Grand Orient of Italy) in E.Licasta, Sicily as was his father before him

Initiated:- 31st March 1922 (prior to his 21st birthday)


Stamps Issued:- Italy 2001 S.G. No. 2685  Commemorates 100th Anniversary of his Birth