La Farina, Giuseppe
LA FARINA, GIUSEPPE (1815-1863), Italian author and politician, was born at Messina in 1815. On account of the part taken by him in the insurrection of 1837 he found it necessary to quit Sicily, hut returning in 1839 he conducted various newspapers of liberal tendencies, until his efforts were completely interdicted, when he removed to Florence. In 1840 he had published Messina ed i suoi Monnmenti, and after his removal to Florence lie brought out La Germania coi suoi Honumenti, 1842 ; l22lnMcg coi saw; ifonumenti, 18-12 ; La Seil-zera ,Storica ed Artistica, 1842-43 ; La China, 4 vols., 1843-47 ; and Storia dita/ia, 7 vols., 1816-51. He also in 1847 established a democratic, journal L'Allu in the interests of Italian freedom and unity, but on the outbreak of the revolution in Sicily in 1818 he returned thither and was elected one of the committee of war. In the following year he was chosen to represent Messina in parliament, where he moved the deposition of King Ferdinand and the adoption of a new constitution. In April 1849 the provisional government, in which La Farina was minister successively of public instruction, of public works, and of the interior, resolved, notwithstanding his strong advocacy of resistance, to submit to the royal authority, and he removed to France. In 1830 lie published Istoria della Ricoluzione Sicilian a, and in 1851-52, in 6 vols., ,Storia d'Italia dal 1815 al 1850. He also began in 1851 /?ivista Encie/opedieq Miliana, and in 1856 Piccolo Corri:.re d'lialia, an organ which had great influence in propagating the political sentiments of the Societa Nazionale Italiana, of which lie ultimately was chosen president. During the remainder of his life lie was a devoted supporter of Victor Emmanuel, anl in 1860 he was chosen a member of the first Italian parliament. Ile died 5th September 1863. See Franchi's Epistolario de Giuseppe La Farina, 2 vols., 1869.