Pawlu Mizzi, considered to be the ‘Father of the Maltese book’ passes away

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Paul Mizzi, considered to be the father of the Maltese book, by Professor Oliver Friggieri passed away, aged 89.

Paul (or better Pawlu as he is known to his many friends) is one of the great Maltese of the 20th century and his legacy is enduring. He merits the esteem of academics, scholars and authors.

Pawlu Mizzi was born in Victoria, Gozo and studied at the Gozo Seminary, the Malta College of Education and the Royal University of Malta where he graduated BA in 1966.  He worked as a correspondent in Gozo for the Allied Malta Newspapers.

He was director of Il-Ħajja from 1978 to 1981 and director of the Mediterranean Film Studios between 1987 and 1990.  He founded the Klabb Kotba Maltin in 1970 and the Midsea Books Ltd in 1974, and published a large number of prestigious books both in Maltese and English.  Among these one has to mention the Miklem Malti by Erin Serracino-Inglott and the two sets of dictionaries by Professor Ġużè Aquilina.

Pawlu Mizzi 2
Ġorg Mallia

The historical magazine Heritage is one of the most prestigious historical reviews regarding Maltese history.

When Paul Mizzi started Klabb Kotba Maltin in 1971 he had a target in mind: To enrich the Maltese language, first with the publication of literary works and, later, by means of a scientific dictionary.

Mizzi was awarded the Medal for the Service of the Republic in 1992 and made a member of the Sacra Ordine Militare Constaniniana de San Jorge in 1994.

CD via MidSea Publishing / Times of Malta / TVM

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