Re: surname Morpurgo #names

Jules Levin

My wife, an Italian citizen, used to take me to visit the Jewish old age
home in Trieste every summer, when we stayed at her apt in Udine. One of
the residents of the home was the writer Alma Morpurgo
( The name Morpurgo may be
from the German town of Marburg.  The extended family is very
wide-spread.  Of course, since Levi was Italian, it seems reasonable
that his Morpurgo was related to Alma.

As it happens, there may be a connection with English letters. As it
happens Alma, born in 1901, took English lessons in Trieste from an
expat named Joyce--he was the brother of James Joyce. James Joyce was
also in Trieste at that time, and no doubt was familiar with its Jewish
community.  Anyway, I guess I am only 2 or 3 degrees separation from
James Joyce..

Jules Levin

On 8/23/2020 8:12 AM, Roberta Sheps via wrote:
I have been reading Primo Levi's collection of stories The Periodic Table
and looked up some biography on him. He married a woman named Lucia
Morpurgo and I wonder if her family had any connection with the English
childrens' writer Michael Morpurgo. Does anyone know?

Roberta Sheps
Colchester, England

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