The meeting of Henry Savage Landor with Gabriele D’Annunzio, one of the most acclaimed, notorius Italian poets and patriots at the time is rather a mix of admiration and perplexity on the other hand. In his autobiography Savage Landor describes how he met him in his Florence home, how D’Annunzio was impeccably too elegant and overall how magnificent was his way of talking, very poetic and almost musical, full of methaphores and historic references. The three hours meeting was mainly a one way conversation with Gabriele D’Annunzio talking and Savage just listining. Still later Henry Savage Landor says that he could not recall a specific word or meaning in the whole conversation even if fascinating.
Another aspect that emerges is that Gabriele D’Annunzio expressly requested his journeys, explorations notes to use them as inspiration for his novels. Savage Landor did not accept this request. Then later in a second visit Gabriele D’Annunzio made a new request to interview him for the newspaper “Corriere della Sera”, and finally Landor allowed him to use some anecdotes which he later used not for the italian Journal purpose but for the Work “Forse che si forse che no” where he copied word by word Savage Landor’s material.