As a young man Collodi joined a seminary, but soon became more interested in politics. He became a journalist and founded Il Lampione, a satirical journal, in 1848, which was suppressed by the authorities. He then founded another periodical, La Scaramuccia. When Italy became a united nation in 1861, Collodi gave up journalism and became a magazine editor and theatrical censor. He became interested in children's literature and translated numerous fairy tales and even wrote a few. His first published work was Giannettino. In 1881, Collodi published The Adventures of Pinocchio, the story of a wooden puppet carved by a friendly old man called Geppetto. Pinocchio comes to life, but has to learn how to be generous through hard lessons. The book was an immediate success.
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