GIOVANNI GIRAUD, Count (1776-1834), Italian dramatist, of French origin, was born at Rome, and showed a precocious passion for the theatre. His first play, L'Onestd non si vince, was successfully produced in 1798. He took part in politics as an active supporter of Pius VI., but was mainly occupied with the production of his plays, and in 1809 became director-general of the Italian theatres. He died at Naples in 1834. Count Giraud's comedies, the best of which are Gelosie per equivoco (1807) and L'Ajonell' imbarazzo (1824), were bright and amusing on the stage, but of no particular literary quality.
His collected comedies were published in 1823 and his Teatro domestico in 1825.
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