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Carlo Collodi


Born: 1826
Died: 26 October 1890
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Best known as: The creator of Pinocchio

Name at birth: Carlo Lorenzini

A journalist by profession, Collodi is better known as the author of the fairy tale The Adventures of Pinocchio. The title character is a wooden marionette who comes to life and has various naughty adventures before revealing his good heart and becoming a living boy at last. Collodi published chapters of the story in serial form in an Italian newspaper beginning in 1881, and the story became a book in 1883. A cheery animated film of the story was released by Walt Disney in 1940.

Extra credit: The author borrowed the pen name of 'Collodi' from his mother's home town.

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