Other Literary Forms
Although Giuseppe Giacosa owes his reputation to his dramatic repertoire, his other accomplishments are well worth mentioning because of their exceptional literary value. A collection of short stories, Novelle e paesi valdostani (1886), portrays the daily struggle of the mountaineers in Valdaosta against the natural forces that shape their destiny and condition their ability to make a living. Impressioni d’America (1891), a series of travel sketches occasioned by a trip to New York, reveals Giacosa’s remarkable talent for accurate observation. Castelli valdostani e canavesani (1897) is a series of popularized chronicles of castles in the Canavese region.
Giacosa also collaborated with several newspapers and literary magazines and was the founder of Lettura, a monthly literary review. In collaboration with Luigi Illica, he wrote librettos for Giacomo Puccini’s most famous operas: La Bohème, Tosca, and Madame Butterfly.