Comptes Rendus (October-November, 1916)

  • Author: Andrew Mangravite
  • Published: December 15, 2016

Comptes Rendus Oct-Nov 1916

Antonio Sant’Elia, an architect allied to the Italian Futurist Movement was killed on October 10 during the Second Battle of the Isonzo. His designs for a Citta Nuova, a “New City” were visionary masterworks but his death insured that they would live on in the pages of Futurist journals. We can never know whether Sant’Elia’s would have been realized had he lived, but they remain a part of Futurism’s vibrant legacy.

The English author Hector Hugh Munro, who signed his work “Saki” was a teller of mordant tales. His “Sredni Vashtar” has graced many an anthology of horror fiction.  Refusing a commission, Munro enlisted as an ordinary trooper and rose to the rank of Lance Sergeant. He was shot and killed by a sniper during the Battle of Ancre on November 14, 1916. Ironically, one of his pre-war works was a political satire When William Came, A Story of London Under the Hohenzollerns.

Emile Verhaeren was a towering figure in the Belgian literary world and a leading poet in the French-language Symbolist Movement. Far too old to serve in Belgian army, Verhaeren went to war in his own fashion, writing stirring appeals in defense of his country and touring widely to rally the allies. Returning from such a speaking engagement in Rouen, France he fell beneath the wheels of a moving train and was killed instantly on November 27, 1916.

A non-literary death of note was that Emperor Franz-Joseph I, who ruled over the Austro-Hungarian Empire from December 2, 1848 until his death on November 21, 1916. During the course of his long reign he lost both his nephew, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Empress Elizabeth, to assassins. His son and heir, Crown Prince Rudolf committed suicide in 1889.

Event: “The Forgotten War: Little Italy in World War I”

  • Author: Michael Foight
  • Published: March 24, 2016

Please join us on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Speakers’ Corner of Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova University, for the Alfred F. Mannella and Rose T. Lauria-Mannella Endowed Distinguished Speaker Series lecture featuring Richard N. Juliani, PhD.

Dr. Juliani

Dr. Juliani

Dr. Juliani is a Villanova University retired Sociology professor. He has titled his talk, “The Forgotten War: Little Italy in World War I.” The presentation will focus on Italy in the Great War, the American role on the Italian Front, and particularly the participation of Philadelphia’s immigrants in the Italian army against the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Germany and as members of the U.S. Army with the Allies on the Western Front. Along with examining Little Italy as a distinctive home-front during the course of the war, we shall also consider the long term consequences for the assimilation of Italians in Philadelphia and America.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event, sponsored by Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library, is free and open to the public.


Last Modified: March 24, 2016