Ġuzé Cassar Pullicino

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Ġuzé Cassar Pullicino was a Maltese author and folklorist.

He was born at Birkirkara on 21st September 1921 and spent most of his childhood in Ħal Tarxien. He matriculated from the Royal University of Malta in 1938 and started studying Maltese as part of an academic course of literature in 1940, but had to abandon the course for family reasons. He took up employment with the government but still remained very active as a member of the Għaqda tal-Malti and as assistant director of Leħen il-Malti.

Cassar Pullicino was council member of the Għaqda tal-Kittieba tal-Malti and secretary of the Xirka għat-Tixrid ta' l-Ilsien Malti. He was also member of the Paola Literary and Debating society; editor, Melita Historica; editor Maltese Folklore Review; and honorary president of the Għaqda tal-Folklor from its foundation in 1964 until the time of his death.

The publication of significant Maltese linguistic and literary works bears the mark of Cassar Pullicino's tireless work to promote manuscripts that may otherwise have never reached the public. Among such publications Robert Mifsud Bonnici's Diżżjunarju and Erin Serracino Inglott's translation of the first part of Dante's La Divina Commedia. His personal literary output includes a collection of essays and short stories.

Cassar Pullicino's main academic contribution in the field of folklore. He became a member of London's Folklore Society in 1946. He published several articles and studies of a historical and biographical nature. His studies in Maltese, history and folklore are interrelated and his research in these areas is the hallmark of his literary career. He published the seminal Studies in Maltese Folklore (1976) and Studi di Tradizione Popolari Maltesi (1989), for which he collected texts reflecting the Maltese popular mentality and compared the material to similar texts from other Mediterranean areas.

Throughout his life Cassar Pullicino was honoured with various awards. In 1970 he received the Silver Medal for Merit from the Confederation of Civic Councils and in 1993 he was presented with the Midalja għall-Qadi tar-Repubblika. He was awarded a British Council scholarship in librarianship to Leeds and London and he was the first Maltese person to be elected associate of the Library Association of London. He passed away on 13 March 2005 at the age of 83.