Grazzini, Antonio Francesco

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Antonio Francesco Grazzini (äntô´nyō fränchā´skō grät-tsē´nē), 1503–84, Italian author, one of the founders of the Accademia della Crusca (1550). He was an apothecary by trade. As a founder of the Accademia degli Umidi, each of whose members had to assume the name of a fish, he took the name Il Lasca [the roach]. He is best known for Le Cene [the suppers], tales of Florentine life. He also wrote comedies of intrigue and burlesque verses in the style of Francesco Berni in which he attacked Petrarchan humanism.