Google marks the 227th birthday of Alessandro Manzoni:
Top 5 facts about Alessandro Manzoni:
1. Alessandro Francesco Tommaso Manzoni was born on 7 March 1785.
2. He was an Italian poet and novelist.
3. His most famous novel is The Betrothed (orig.Italian: I Promessi Sposi) (1827), generally ranked among the masterpieces of world literature. The novel is also a symbol of the Italian Risorgimento, both for its patriotic message and because it was a fundamental milestone in the development of the modern, unified Italian language.
4. A famous quote:
"What comes after is not always progress".
5. He died on 22 May 1873.