Anna Maria Ortese

Anna Maria Ortese

Anna Maria Ortese is one of the most celebrated and original Italian writers of the 20th century. She was born in Rome on June 13, 1914, one of seven children, and grew up in southern Italy and in Tripoli. Her formal education ended at age thirteen. Her first book, “Angelici dolori”, was issued in 1937. […]

Elsa Morante

Elsa Morante

Elsa Morante, one of the best-known writers in Italy, was born in Rome in 1912 to a Jewish teacher from Modena who was married at the time to Hugo Gusto Morante, an educator and municipal official. She went to school only at the age of ten, and after graduating from high school at about the […]

Natalia Ginzburg

Natalia Ginzburg

Natalia Ginzburg is an Italian writer, essayist, and scriptwriter. Ginzburg was born in Palermo in 1916 to a well-to-do family, Jewish on her father’s side, who was an anatomy professor, and a Catholic on her mother’s side. In 1919, her family moved to Turin and her home became a meeting place for many intellectuals who […]

Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio

Italian writer, poet, and scholar Giovanni Boccaccio was born in 1313. While in Naples during the “Black Death” epidemic, in 1348, Boccaccio had his first thoughts on what would eventually become his greatest and most famous work, the story cycle of The Decameron (Italian for “The Book of Ten Days”). It is considered that he […]

Luigi Pirandello

Luigi Pirandello

In Six Characters in Search of an Author – his most familiar play – author and playwright Luigi Pirandello wrote: “We think we understand each other,” and added: “but we never really do.” Pirandello was born in Sicily in 1867. His widely-known works in prose include the novel The Late Mattia Pascal and the fifteen-volume short story […]

Antonio Tabucchi

Antonio Tabucchi

Antonio Tabucchi, Italian writer and academic, was born in Pisa in 1943 and died in 2012 in Lisbon, his adopted home, where he lived six months a year. The son of a horse trader, he studied literature and philosophy before taking up writing himself, and then he combined his writing with a variety of academic […]

Giovanni Carmelo Verga

Giovanni Carmelo Verga

Giovanni Carmelo Verga is a prominent Italian writer. Founder of the Verismo movement (“vero” is Italian for “truth”), his major works were written at the turn of the twentieth century. Verga was born in Sicily in 1840 and shared his time between the cultural centers of Florence and Milan and his childhood landscape. His late return to this […]

Giuseppe Berto

Giuseppe Berto

Italian author and screenwriter Giuseppe Berto (1914-1978) is mostly known for his novels, The Sky Is Red (1947) and Dark Illness (1964), both of which have been translated into numerous languages.