1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Giraud, Giovanni, Count
GIRAUD, GIOVANNI, Count (1776-1834), Italian dramatist, of French origin, was born at Rome, and showed a precocious passion for the theatre. His first play, L'Onestà non si vince, was successfully produced in 1798. He took part in politics as an active supporter of Pius VI., but was mainly occupied with the production of his plays, and in 1809 became director-general of the Italian theatres. He died at Naples in 1834. Count Giraud's comedies, the best of which are Gelosie per equivoco (1807) and l’Ajo nell' imbarazzo (1824), were bright and amusing on the stage, but of no particular literary quality.