Journalist, poet and conference speaker

Umberto Vittorio CavassaOf ancient Sanremasca family he was born in Massa on September 2nd 1890 by Matteo and Matilde Verrando, when his father was chancellor of the court of Massa.

Graduated in Law at the University of Genoa, he took part in the First World War earning a bronze medal for military valour and returning mutilated. He started his journalistic activity as a correspondent for the Ligurian page of the " Giornale d'Italia " from 1922 to 1926.

Editor of the newspaper "Il Lavoro" from 1928 to July 1943, he was its Director until 8 September.

In 1943 he was sentenced by the Special Court to 16 years' imprisonment as director of "Il Lavoro" during the Badogliano period and for having been a member of the Italian Liberal Party since 1920, holding the position of Deputy Secretary of the Genoa Section, until the dissolution of the party ordered by the regime.

A member of the "Matteotti" and "Cento Croci" partisan brigades, he represented the PLI in the CLN of the La Spezia mountain area.

In 1945 he was editor-in-chief of "Il Secolo Liberale" and since 1946 editor-in-chief of the Genoese newspaper "Il Secolo XIX".

As a novelist, his short stories are remembered: "The Eighth Wise Man, the Provincial Tenor, the Sea Garden, Friendly Shadows, the Count of Monte Ghirfo" and among his novels: "The Days of Casimir, Different People (set in a 19th century Sanremo) and the Glory that Passed".

He published poems in the magazines "lyrical realism" and "Liguria".

On 13 October 1963, the Municipal Administration appointed him a worthy Citizen.

He died in Chiavari on 7 June 1972.

(source: Marco Mauro)

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