If what Jorge Luis Borges writes is true, i.e. that every writer creates his predecessors, then this volume is the first organic compared investigation between Pirandello and some of the most important classics in Western literature. From Euripides to Plautus, from Boccaccio to Machiavelli, from Cervantes to Shakespeare, from Manzoni to Verga. Starting out with a 1908 essay on Humour in which Pirandello indicates the writers he loved, Zangrilli explores the similarities between poetics and textual parallelisms, but also the inevitable differences emerging from a careful comparison. The outcome is a tight web of echos and a precise discussion of various critical theses.