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Carlo Goldoni
Goldoni c. 1757
Goldoni c. 1757
Born Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni
(1707-02-25)25 February 1707
Venice, Republic of Venice (present-day Italy)
Died 6 February 1793(1793-02-06) (aged 85)
Paris, France
Pen name Polisseno Fegeio, Pastor Arcade
Genre Comedy
Notable works
  • Servant of Two Masters
  • The Mistress of the Inn
Spouse Nicoletta Conio

Carlo Osvaldo Goldoni ( also 25 February 1707 – 6 February 1793) was an Italian playwright and librettist from the Republic of Venice. His works include some of Italy's most famous and best-loved plays. Audiences have admired the plays of Goldoni for their ingenious mix of wit and honesty. His plays offered his contemporaries images of themselves, often dramatizing the lives, values, and conflicts of the emerging middle classes. Though he wrote in French and Italian, his plays make rich use of the Venetian language, regional vernacular, and colloquialisms. Goldoni also wrote under the pen name and title Polisseno Fegeio, Pastor Arcade, which he claimed in his memoirs the "Arcadians of Rome" bestowed on him.

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