Other Literary Forms
Carlo Gozzi wrote some poetry in the satirical vein. He also wrote his memoirs in the three-volume Memorie inutili (1797; Useless Memoirs, 1890). This eight-hundred-page autobiography represents his other major contribution to Italian literature. Gozzi’s attraction to, and involvement in, the Italian theater are predictably detailed in his memoirs. His recollections, however, are possibly more valuable for their depiction of the Venetian republic and its declining culture. In France, ideas and events that would shape an age were occurring, and Gozzi provides an incisive view of the disdain and fear that he and other members of the aristocracy felt toward these developments.