Olivia Frances Madox Agresti

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Olivia Frances Madox Agresti (Rossetti)

Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: St. Pancras, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Michael Rossetti and Emma Lucy Rossetti
Wife of Antonio Agresti
Sister of Gabriel Arthur Madox Rossetti; Helen Maria Madox 'Elena' Agneli; Mary Elizabeth Madox Rossetti and Michael Ford Madox Rosetti

Occupation: translator, writer
Managed by: Erica "the Disconnectrix" Howton
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About Olivia Frances Madox Agresti

Olivia Rossetti married an Italian anarchist refugee, Antonio Agresti. They later moved to Italy, where Olivia became a translator and writer. After she was widowed in 1926, she became an associate of Ezra Pound, and the two corresponded frequently.


From "Some Reminiscences Of William Michael Rossetti ...". 2017. Google Books. Accessed April 5 2017. page 453

"I will subjoin some brief account of my children, one by one, as they stand at the date of this present writing, November 1902.

"A youngish Italian anarchist refugee, Antonio Agresti of Florence, whom Olivia saw frequently in London, fell in love with her, and she favoured his suit. He is the son of a scientific chemist, and had not, so far as I know, performed any anarchistic feat more grim than that of signing, along with others, some protest against a high-handed governmental act, which protest formed the subject of a prosecution in Italy. He quitted his country, and was condemned in default to some lengthened term of imprisonment. He was unable to return to Italy until 1896 or '97, when an amnesty was proclaimed on the occasion of some public rejoicing. He then returned, having withdrawn from any active concern in the anarchist propaganda (which indeed seems to be now very much at a discount in Italy as elsewhere), and became a clerk in a bank in Florence, as a temporary expedient before he could obtain some footing as a literary man. In December 1897 Olivia was married to him. Late in 1900 they removed from Florence to Rome, where they continue to reside. Agresti has acted as editor of a literary magazine (La Boheme, now defunct), and has written plays which have been acted, a published romance or two, a translation of poems by Dante Rossetti, a book named La Filosofia nella Letteratura Moderna, and other things. Olivia has been active in translating-work, light journalism, and some original writing. Her Life of Giovanni Costay the celebrated landscape painter, with whom she was intimate in Rome, came out in London in 1904.


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Olivia Frances Madox Agresti's Timeline

1875
September 30, 1875
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
1960
November 6, 1960
Age 85