Famous Italian Non-Fiction Writers

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Niccolò Machiavelli
(Diplomat & Philosopher Best Known for His Political Treatise 'The Prince')

Niccolò Machiavelli
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Birthdate: May 3, 1469
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: June 22, 1527
Italian Renaissance philosopher, diplomat, and author Niccolò Machiavelli is remembered for his work The Prince. He believed that the end or the intention behind any action justifies the action. He gave rise to the term Machiavellianism, which signifies the use of deceit and treachery to achieve one’s goals. 

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Pliny the Younger
(Author, Lawyer)

Pliny the Younger
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Birthdate: 0061 AD
Birthplace: Como
Died: 0112 AD

Pliny the Younger was an author, lawyer, and magistrate of Ancient Rome. Although Pliny the Younger wrote several letters, only 247 of them have survived and are of great historical value as they provide an insight into the relationship between provincial governors and the imperial office at that time.

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Giambattista Vico
(Italian Philosopher Best Known for His 'Verum Factum' Principle)

Giambattista Vico
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Birthdate: June 23, 1668
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: January 23, 1744

Italian philosopher Giambattista Vico is regarded as a pioneer of what is now known as cultural anthropology, or ethnology. He brought together history and the social sciences in his work Scienza nuova. A poor bookseller’s son, he studied by candlelight but grew up to be a major Counter-Enlightenment figure.

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Enrico Letta
(Politician, Academic, Non-fiction writer)

Enrico Letta
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Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pisa

Former prime minister of Italy, Enrico Letta was the son of a math professor and followed in his father’s footsteps to become a professor, too, teaching at universities such as HEC Paris. Later, he stepped into politics with the Christian Democracy party. He also has a doctorate degree in European Union Law.

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Altiero Spinelli
(Politician)

Altiero Spinelli
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Birthdate: August 31, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: May 23, 1986

Known as one of the EU’s founding fathers, Italian politician Altiero Spinelli was a communist who had spent 16 years in confinement for opposing fascist powers. While in prison, he co-wrote the Ventotene Manifesto. He later represented Central Italy in the European Parliament and was part of the Italian Chamber of Deputies.

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Renata Adler
(Author)

Renata Adler
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Birthdate: October 19, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Milan, Italy

Renata Adler is an author, journalist, and film critic who has been a staff writer-reporter for The New Yorker. She studied comparative literature at Harvard University and later received a J.D. from Yale Law School. Despite not being much knowledgeable about films, she became a film critic for The New York Times. She has also written many books. 

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Sebastiano Serlio
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Birthdate: September 6, 1475
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: 1554 AD
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Remo Giazotto
(Musicologist)

Remo Giazotto
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Birthdate: September 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: August 26, 1998

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Niccolao Manucci
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Birthdate: April 19, 1638
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: 1717 AD

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Gioachino Greco
(Chess player, Writer)

Gioachino Greco
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Birthdate: January 1, 1600
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Celico, Italy
Died: November 9, 1634

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Francesco di Giorgio
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Birthdate: September 23, 1439
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: November 29, 1502

Francesco di Giorgio was a multidimensional person and was a sculptor, painter, writer, architect, and engineer at the same time. The quintessential Renaissance man, he was later chiefly known as an architect and served Duke Federico da Montefeltro. As a sculptor, he specialized in bronze sculptures.

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Filarete
(Architect)

Filarete
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Birthdate: September 23, 1439, 1400
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1469 AD

Best remembered for his Treatise on Architecture, Filarete was a Florentine architect, sculptor, medalist and author. Born Antonio di Pietro Averlino, he was given the name Filarete, meaning lover of excellence, possibly by his teacher Lorenzo Ghiberti. Later, he began working independently, building the bronze central doors of Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and Ospedale Maggiore in Milan.

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Germano Celant
(Art historian)

Germano Celant
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Birthdate: September 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: April 29, 2020

An influential art historian, critic, and curator, Germano Celant is known for coining the term, Arte Povera to describe the radically economical art of some post WWII Italian artists. Beginning his career with Geneva based art magazine Marcatrè, he eventually become the curator of New York’s Guggenheim museum and Director of Milan’s Prada Foundation, concurrently authoring many books on art.

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Ferdinando Galiani
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Birthdate: December 2, 1728
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chieti, Italy
Died: October 30, 1787

Ferdinando Galiani had initially been trained to enter church services but later deviated to economics. He is best remembered for his work on value theory. A major figure of the Enlightenment, the economist and diplomat wrote in both Italian and French. His notable works include Della moneta.

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Mario Praz
(Critic)

Mario Praz
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Birthdate: September 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 23, 1982

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Giuseppe Parini
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Birthdate: May 23, 1729
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bosisio Parini, Italy
Died: August 15, 1799

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Paul-Émile Botta
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Birthdate: December 6, 1802
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: March 29, 1870

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Birthdate: 1707 AD
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: May 16, 1746

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Vincenzo Cuoco
(Historian)

Vincenzo Cuoco
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Birthdate: October 1, 1770
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Molise, Italy
Died: December 14, 1823

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Giuseppe Giusti
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Birthdate: May 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monsummano Terme, Italy
Died: March 31, 1850

Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle
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Birthdate: January 22, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Legnago, Italy
Died: October 31, 1897

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Gasparo Gozzi
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Birthdate: December 4, 1713
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: December 26, 1786

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Gasparinus de Bergamo
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Birthdate: 1360 AD
Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy
Died: 1431 AD

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Jacobus da Varagine
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Birthdate: 1230 AD
Birthplace: Varazze, Italy
Died: 1298 AD

Jacobus de Varagine was an Italian chronicler and author who is credited with compiling a collection of the legendary tales of saints of the medieval church called the Golden Legend. His work became one of the most important and famous religious works of the medieval period. Jacobus de Varagine is also remembered for serving as the archbishop of Genoa.

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Vittorio Zonca
(Engineer)

Vittorio Zonca
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Birthdate: 1568 AD
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: 1603 AD