The history of Italian popular literature during the second half of nineteenth century is studded with events which are not solely referable to aesthetics and the creative process, being instead integrated in a mission aimed at a social intent, with the full awareness of the authors. Still, their literary value is undeniable. Most notably, such works were made to order, with the primary purpose of requesting donations for charities. Emilio De Marchi, a famous writer from Lombardy, was involved in the development of social pedagogics literature, and his contribution to such genre wasn’t self-satisfied, or vapid. Literary works, according to the authors’ inspiration and their purposes, became an effective tool to cast in the collective imagination good values and shared teachings, making the most of the powerful tools of the thriving publishing industry.