Carlo Lorenzini (November 24, 1826 – October 26, 1890), better known by the pen name Carlo Collodi, was a Florentine children's writer known for the world-renowned fairy tale novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio.
Italo Calvino (15 October 1923 – 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy (1952-1959), the Cosmicomics collection of short stories (1965), and the novels Invisible Cities (1972) and If on a winter's night a traveler (1979). Lionised in Britain and America, he was the most-translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his death, and a noted contender for the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Primo Michele Levi (31 July 1919–11 April 1987) was a Jewish-Italian chemist and writer. He is best known for If This Is a Man, published in the U.S. as Survival in Auschwitz, his account of the year he spent as a prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland. It has been described as one of the most important works of the twentieth century.
Dino Buzzati Traverso (October 16, 1906 - January 28, 1972) was an Italian novelist, short story writer, painter and poet, as well as a journalist for Corriere della Sera. His worldwide fame is mostly due to his novel Il deserto dei Tartari, translated into English as The Tartar Steppe.
Giovannino Guareschi (May 1, 1908 - July 22, 1968) was an Italian journalist, cartoonist and humorist whose most famous creation is the priest Don Camillo. Giovannino Guareschi was born in Fontanelle di Roccabianca in the Province of Parma into a middle-class family. In 1926 his family went bankrupt and he could not continue his studies. After unsuccessful studies in the University of Parma and various minor jobs, he started to write for a local newspaper.
Giuseppe Tomasi, 11th Prince of Lampedusa (December 23, 1896 - July 23, 1957), was a Sicilian writer. He is most famous for his only novel, Il Gattopardo (first published posthumously in 1958, translated as The Leopard) which is set in Sicily during the Risorgimento. A taciturn and solitary man, he passed a great deal of his time reading and meditating, and used to say of himself, "I was a boy who liked solitude, who preferred the company of things to that of people."
Alessandro Baricco (born January 25, 1958, in Turin) is a popular Italian writer, director and performer. His novels have been translated into a wide number of languages. He currently lives in Rome with his wife and two sons.
Curzio Malaparte (June 9, 1898 - July 19, 1957), born Kurt Erich Suckert, was an Italian journalist, dramatist, short-story writer, novelist and diplomat. His chosen surname, which he used since 1925, means "he of the bad place" and is a pun on the word "Bonaparte".
Tommaso Landolfi (August 9, 1908 - 1979) was an Italian author and translator. Born in Pico, province of Frosinone, he wrote numerous grotesque tales and novels, sometimes on the border of speculative fiction, science fiction and realism. He focused his translation efforts upon Russian and German authors such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Aleksandr Pushkin, Nikolai Gogol and Hugo von Hofmannsthal. Outside Italy, Landolfi's most known and translated work is An Autumn Story.
Alberto Moravia, born Alberto Pincherle, (November 28, 1907 – September 26, 1990) was one of the leading Italian novelists of the 20th century. His novels explored matters of modern sexuality, social alienation, and existentialism. He is best known for his debut novel Gli indifferenti, and for the anti-fascist novel Il Conformista, the basis for the film The Conformist (1970) by Bernardo Bertolucci.
Cesare Pavese (September 9, 1908 – August 27, 1950) was an Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator; he is widely considered among the major authors of the 20th century in his home country.
Gesualdo Bufalino (Comiso, Italy, November 15, 1920 - June 14, 1996), was an Italian writer. Gesualdo Bufalino was born in Comiso, Sicily. He studied literature and was, for most of his life a high-school professor in his hometown.
Filippo Anfuso (January 1, 1901 – December 13, 1963) was an Italian writer, diplomat and Fascist politician. Anfuso was born in Catania. His writing career started with a volume of short stories and poetry he published in 1917. Anfuso subsequently joined as a reporter with the poet Gabriele D'Annunzio in his attempt to seize Fiume for Italy (1919-1921). He returned to write for La Nazione and La Stampa, reporting from various foreign countries.
Laurentius Abstemius was an Italian writer, professor of Belles Lettres at Urbino, and librarian to Duke Guido Ubaldo under Pope Alexander VI. Born at Macerata in Ancona, he distinguished himself, at the time of the revival of letters, as a writer of considerable talents. As librarian at Urbino, he dedicated to duke Ubaldo a critique upon some difficult passages in ancient authors, under the title of Annotationes Variae.
Gianluca Bedini (born February 13, 1969) is an Italian writer known for his parodies of fantasy novels. He graduated as a biologist in Pisa, where he currently works in the university. His first books, Deliri (2001) and Tomo secondo (2002), were collections of short stories that he signed using his real name. Using the pseudonym of Joey Luke Bandini, he wrote his first parody, Lo scrobbit (2004), based on The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Angela Bianchini is an Italian fiction writer and literary critic of Jewish descent. She grew up there and emigrated to the United States in 1941, after Mussolini's openly anti-Semitic racial laws were enacted.
Ernesto Aloia (born December 5, 1965 Belluno) is an Italian writer based in Turin. He was raised in Moncalieri (Turin). He was educated at The Real Collegio Carlo Alberto (Carlo Alberto Royal College) by Barnabites clerics; he depicted this background in his "Punto di domanda" ("Question mark"), the second story of the collection Sacra fame dell’oro. His short stories have appeared since 1996 in many publications, including Maltese Narrazioni, Campus, Linus and D La Repubblica delle donne.
Luigi Chiarelli (7 July 1880 – 20 December 1947) was an Italian playwright, theatre critic, and writer of short stories who is chiefly known as a founder of the teatro grottesco, or Theatre of the Grotesque, after the subtitle of one of his plays.
Giorgio Pressburger is an Italian writer of novels and short stories. Born in Budapest, Pressburger settled in Italy in 1956, where he worked as a film and theatre director. He is currently the Director of the Institute of Italian Culture in Hungary. His book The Law of White Spaces won the Independent Foreign Fiction Award in 1992. His other works include the novel Teeth and Spies and the short story collection Snow and Guilt.
Raffaele Palma (born July 30, 1953 in Torino) is one of the most eclectic Italian satirical artists, and humorists. The holder of the Premio Satira Politica Forte dei Marmi a prize for Political Satire in the sculpture section of a national competition held in Tuscany, he has also organised numerous exhibitions himself in Italy, in various institutional contexts.