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 (kwä′zē-mō′dō), Salvatore 1901-1968.
Italian poet whose early nostalgic works contrast with his later socially concerned poetry. He won the 1959 Nobel Prize for literature.
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1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) another name for Low Sunday
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a character in Victor Hugo's novel Notre-Dame de Paris (1831), a grotesque hunch-backed bellringer of the cathedral of Notre Dame
3. (Biography) Salvatore (salvaˈtoːre). 1901–68, Italian poet, whose early work expresses symbolist ideas and techniques. His later work is more concerned with political and social issues: Nobel prize for literature 1959
[(sense 1) from the opening words of the Latin introit for that day, quasimodo geniti infantes as new-born babies]
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(ˌkwɑ səˈmoʊ doʊ, -zəˈmoʊ-)

Salvatore, 1901–68, Italian poet: Nobel prize 1959.
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References in classic literature ?
I recognize him," exclaimed Jehan, who had, at last, descended from his capital, in order to see Quasimodo at closer quarters, "he's the bellringer of my brother, the archdeacon.
Quasimodo allowed them to array him in them without wincing, and with a sort of proud docility.
Quasimodo, the object of the tumult, still stood on the threshold of the chapel, sombre and grave, and allowed them to admire him.
Quasimodo contented himself with taking him by the girdle, and hurling him ten paces off amid the crowd; all without uttering a word.
An old woman explained to Coppenole that Quasimodo was deaf.
MAY 10, 1962 "It's a safe bet that you remember Quasimodo," said comic book writer Stan Lee.
In the English-speaking world, we like to call the novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which is a marvelous title, given how marvelous is Quasimodo the Hunchback, born of a Jew and a sow (according to a nasty old lady in Book IV), who has got to be the most heartbreaking brokenhearted lover in the history of literatureQuasimodo, whose deformed and decayed skeleton turns up on the final page, entwined in posthumous and pathetic embrace around the skeleton of the hanged "Egyptian," La Esmerelda, the "bohemian" (who, since I have mentioned the Jews, plainly owes something, derivatively speaking, to the exotic Rebecca of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe).
Paying tribute to the architectural loss, Cristina Correa Freile, an Ecuadorian artist, shared a heart touching sketch on her Instagram on Tuesday, depicting Quasimodo, the main protagonist of the novel 'The Hunchback of Notre-Dame' by Victor Hugo, who was hugging the iconic edifice.
Phil's in modo Phil Jones is infamous for action shots that make him look like Quasimodo's wing man and added another belter to his collection in the clash with Southampton.
Instead, with a barrage of accusations levied against him, the actor likens himself more to Quasimodo.
The image features headshots of nine actors with the names of characters written under the photos, including Andy Serkis as Quasimodo, Gal Gadot as Esmeralda, Betty White as Laverne and Jack Black as Hugo.