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Italian Poet Commits Suicide

February 12, 1996

ROME (AP) _ Amelia Rosselli, an Italian poet known for terse, melancholy verse, killed herself by jumping from her fifth floor apartment near Rome’s Piazza Navona. She was 66.

Rosselli died Sunday. Friends said she lived most of her life in solitude and had suffered in the last year from acute depression.

The poet’s work was apparently influenced by the murders of her father and uncle _ both militant anti-Fascists _ by Italy’s Fascist forces when Rosselli was only 7.

Born in 1930 in Paris, Rosselli lived in France, England and the United States until 1948 when she settled in Rome. In 1964, encouraged by writer and director Pier Paolo Pasolini, she published her first collection of poems, ``Variazioni Belliche″ (``Warlike Variations″).

Rosselli wrote in Italian, but used many English and French words, as well as grammar and syntax from those languages.

``Serie Ospedaliera″ (``Hospital Series″), 1969; ``Documento″ (``Document″), 1976, and ``Antologia Poetica″ (``Poetic Anthology″), 1988, were three of her better-known collections.

Rosselli was also editor of the literary magazine ``Tabula″ and a frequent contributor to ``Art and Literature.″

There were no survivors. Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced.

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