He was born in Alfonsine in 1884 and died in Lisbon in 1942. He was a seller of antique books and an editor.

Giuseppe Orioli was born in Alfonsine in 1884; his father was a shopkeeper who ran a grocery and a tavern.
At the age of 14, Giuseppe moved to Florence to work in a barber shop.

After the military service he emigrated to Paris and later on to London; here he opened a small antique bookstore and a small publishing house which was the first one to print the famous and controversial novel Lady Chatterley's lover, by D. H. Lawrence.  

Orioli was a great traveler and traveled a lot with his close and special friend Norman Douglas; his life was very intense, full of adventures and great encounters, amongst which the pianist Rubinstein, the founder of Dada Tzara, Eugenio Montale and Gabriele D'annunzio, to name a few.

He died in Lisbon in 1942, in the middle of the second world war, where he is still buried.

Last update: 28/06/2016 (Redazione di Alfonsine)

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