How the creator of Italics killed a man

We all have come to know and love Italic font for its power in showing emphasis and foreign language. Italics are nice because they allow more words to fit into a line than normal type–which is what the creator of Italics, Francesco Griffo, wanted to do when he created the first italics back in the 1450s for Aldus Manutius, a Venetian printer-publisher.

Problem is, Griffo had a temper problem. Shortly after falling out with Aldus, which started because Aldus did not credit Griffo with the creation of the fonts, Griffo left for Bologna to start his own print shop. That’s when an altercation with is son-in-law turned deadly.

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