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Antonio Francesco Grazzini (1503–1584)

Grazzini, Antonio Francesco (grät-sē’nē). An Italian humorist and poet; born in Florence, March 22, 1503; died there, Feb. 18, 1584. He was one of the founders of the celebrated Florentine Academy; was expelled in consequence of a disputed question of grammar, and established the renowned Accadémia della Crusca, whose mission was the purification of the Italian tongue. His literary reputation rests on his ‘Suppers,’ written on the model of Boccaccio, and vastly popular at one time. Seven highly amusing comedies, of a not high literary flavor, and a burlesque poem, ‘The War of Monsters,’ complete the list of his remembered achievements.