Famous Italian Novelists

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Find out more about the greatest Italian Novelists, including Umberto Eco, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italo Calvino, Luigi Pirandello and Andrea Camilleri.
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Umberto Eco
(Medievalist, Philosopher and Author of 'The Name of the Rose' and 'Foucault's Pendulum')
Umberto Eco
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Birthdate: January 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alessandria, Italy
Died: February 19, 2016

Italian novelist Umberto Eco is best remembered for his novels The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. He also taught at the University of Bologna and had released quite a few children’s books and translations. He was also known for his work on semiotics and medieval studies.

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Italo Calvino
(The Most Translated Contemporary Italian Writer at the Time of His Death)
Italo Calvino
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Birthdate: October 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santiago de Las Vegas, Havana, Cuba
Died: September 19, 1985

Italian journalist, short-story writer and novelist Italo Calvino, counted among noted Italian fiction writers in the 20th-century, emerged as the most translated contemporary Italian writer at the time of his demise. Notable works of Calvino include novels Invisible Cities and If on a winter's night a traveler; the collection of 12 short stories titled Cosmicomics, and the Our Ancestors trilogy.

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Elena Ferrante
(Novelist)
Elena Ferrante
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Birthdate: April 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Elena Ferrante is an Italian novelist whose works have been translated into several languages. Ferrante is best known for her Neapolitan Novels book series. In 2016, Ferrante was named among the 100 most influential people list published by Time magazine. In 2016, her book The Story of the Lost Child was also shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize.

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Carlo Collodi
(Italian Author and Journalist Known for His Fairy Tale Novel 'The Adventures of Pinocchio')
Carlo Collodi
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Birthdate: November 24, 1826
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: October 26, 1890

Carlo Collodi was an Italian journalist, author, and humorist. He is best remembered for his popular children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. The novel and its title character Pinocchio achieved international recognition when Disney adapted it into an animated musical fantasy film titled Pinocchio; the film went on to become one of the greatest films ever produced by Disney.

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Andrea Camilleri
(Italian Writer Best Known as the Writer of the Popular 'Inspector Montalbano' Series of Crime Novels)
Andrea Camilleri
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Birthdate: September 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Porto Empedocle, Italy
Died: July 17, 2019

Andrea Camilleri was an Italian writer whose book The Potter's Field was honored with the CWA International Dagger award in 2012. Over the course of his career, Camilleri also won other prestigious awards, such as the Nino Martoglio International Book Award.

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Alberto Moravia
(Italian Novelist and Journalist Known for His Novels" ‘Gli indifferenti’, 'Il Conformista' and 'Il disprezzo’)
Alberto Moravia
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Birthdate: November 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: September 26, 1990

Alberto Moravia was an Italian journalist and novelist best remembered for exploring themes like existentialism, social alienation, and sexuality. His anti-fascist novel The Conformist inspired the 1970 political drama film of the same name. Moravia's works have also inspired other films, such as Agostino, Contempt, The Empty Canvas, and Two Women.

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John Fante
(Novelist, Short story writer)
John Fante
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Birthdate: April 8, 1909
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: May 8, 1983
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Cesare Pavese
(A Very Influential Italian Novelist, Poet and Short story writer)
Cesare Pavese
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Birthdate: September 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy
Died: August 27, 1950

Italian author Cesare Pavese is remembered for his themes of gloom and loneliness and for his protagonists who were often loners. His prolonged fight with fascists and the failure of his affair with actor Constance Dowling led him to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills in a Turin hotel.

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Giovanni Battista Belzoni
(Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist, Archaeologist, Novelist, Travel writer)
Giovanni Battista Belzoni
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Birthdate: November 5, 1778
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Padua
Died: December 3, 1823

Giovanni Battista Belzoni was an Italian explorer and archaeologist of Egyptian antiquities. A pioneer in the field of Egyptian archaeology, Belzoni was the first person to enter the famous Pyramid of Khafre. Belzoni is also credited with unblocking the entrance of the temple at Abu Simbel and discovering the tomb of Seti I, which is referred to as Belzoni's Tomb. 

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Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
(Italian Writer and the Last Prince of Lampedusa)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
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Birthdate: December 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: July 23, 1957

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa was an Italian writer best remembered as the last Prince of Lampedusa. Tomasi is quite popular for his novel The Leopard which was published posthumously in 1958. His life and career inspired a docufilm titled Die Geburt des Leoparden which was directed by Luigi Falorni and screened at the 14th Rome Film Festival.

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Rafael Sabatini
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Birthdate: April 29, 1875
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Iesi, Italy
Died: February 13, 1950

Rafael Sabatini was an Italian-English author who wrote romance and adventure novels. Sabatini is best remembered for his bestselling novels like The Sea Hawk, Captain Blood: His Odyssey, and Bellarion the Fortunate. Overall, Rafael Sabatini wrote 34 novels, six non-fiction books, eight short story collections, and several uncollected short stories.

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Natalia Ginzburg
(Auhtor Known for His Works 'Family Sayings' and 'The Advertisement')
Natalia Ginzburg
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Birthdate: July 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: October 7, 1991

Natalia Ginzburg was an Italian author who dealt with sensitive subjects like politics and family relationships during the Second World War. Ginzburg's works were often translated into English for readers in the USA and the UK. Over the course of her illustrious career, Natalia Ginzburg won several prestigious awards, such as the Bagutta Prize and Strega Prize.

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Alain Elkann
(Italian Novelist and Journalist)
Alain Elkann
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Birthdate: March 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Alain Elkann is an Italian journalist and novelist. He is known for his role as the conductor of cultural programs aired on Italian TV. Elkann is also known for his work which promotes a cordial relation between Americans and Italians. He is the president of the Italy-USA Foundation's Scientific Committee. In 2010, he received the America Award for his work.

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Alessandro Manzoni
(Italian Poet, Novelist and Senator of the Kingdom of Italy)
Alessandro Manzoni
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Birthdate: March 7, 1785
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: May 22, 1873

Alessandro Manzoni was a 19th-century Italian poet, novelist, and philosopher. His novel The Betrothed is generally counted among the masterpieces of world literature. He is credited to have contributed to the stabilization of the modern Italian language. He was politically active and was a member of the Italian Senate. He was a proponent of Liberal Catholicism. 

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Curzio Malaparte
(Italian Writer, Filmmaker and Diplomat Known for His War-Related Books 'Kaputt' and 'La pelle')
Curzio Malaparte
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Birthdate: June 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Prato, Italy
Died: July 19, 1957

Curzio Malaparte was an Italian writer, diplomat, war correspondent, and filmmaker. Many of his works, such as La pelle were adapted into films. In 1926, he co-founded an Italian magazine called 900, which played a major role in the rise of Italian fascism. Curzio Malaparte also served as a co-editor and editor of Fiera Letteraria and La Stampa respectively.

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Italo Svevo
(Best Known for His Classic Modernist Novel 'La Coscienza Di Zeno')
Italo Svevo
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Birthdate: December 19, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trieste, Italy
Died: September 13, 1928

Italo Svevo was an Italian writer, playwright, novelist, short story writer, and businessman. Svevo was regarded as a pioneer of psychological fiction. He is remembered for his work La coscienza di Zeno, which is considered his magnum opus. Svevo is widely regarded as an important writer of the 20th century whose works had an influence on later generations of writers.

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Hugo Pratt
(Novelist, Writer, Painter, Screenwriter)
Hugo Pratt
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Birthdate: June 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rimini
Died: August 20, 1995
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Grazia Deledda
(Italian Author and Winner of 1926 Nobel Prize for Literature)
Grazia Deledda
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Birthdate: September 27, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nuoro, Italy
Died: August 15, 1936

Grazia Deledda was an Italian writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, becoming the first Italian woman to receive the prize. Interested in writing from a young age, she became a writer despite her family’s objections. Today, her work is highly regarded across the world, and generations of writers continue to be inspired by her.  

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Gianni Rodari
(Italian Writer and Journalist, Famous for His Works of Children’s Literature ‘Il Romanzo Di Cipollino')
Gianni Rodari
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Birthdate: October 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Omegna, Italy
Died: April 14, 1980

Gianni Rodari was an Italian writer best known for his works of children's literature, notably Il romanzo di Cipollino. He is counted among Italy's most important 20th-century children's authors. As a young man, he participated in the Italian resistance movement and worked as a journalist. He began writing books for children in the 1940s. 

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Alessandro Baricco
(Italian Novelist, Essayist and Short Story Writer)
Alessandro Baricco
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Birthdate: January 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Alessandro Baricco is an Italian writer and director. He is also an occasional performer. He is considered one of Italy's most versatile contemporary writers. He studied philosophy and piano and has worked as a music critic. He is also a playwright and essayist. He is a co-founder of the Holden School of Contemporary Humanities. 

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Renata Adler
(American Author, Journalist, and Film Critic )
Renata Adler
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Birthdate: October 19, 1938
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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Antonio Amurri
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Birthdate: June 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ancona, Italy
Died: December 18, 1992
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Emilio Salgari
(Writer of action adventure swashbucklers and a pioneer of science fiction)
Emilio Salgari
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Birthdate: August 21, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: April 25, 1911
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Elissa Landi
(Actress)
Elissa Landi
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Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: October 21, 1948
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Dino Buzzati
(Novelist, Short Story Writer, Painter and Poet Known for His Novel ‘The Tartar Steppe')
Dino Buzzati
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Birthdate: October 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belluno, Italy
Died: January 28, 1972

Dino Buzzati was an Italian novelist, writer, painter, and poet. He studied law at the University of Milan and embarked on a career as a journalist. He served in Africa, as a journalist, with the Regia Marina, during World War II. He began writing fiction in the 1930s and published several novels, plays, and short stories. 

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Leonardo Sciascia
(Writer Noted for His Metaphysical Examinations of Political Corruption and Arbitrary Power)
Leonardo Sciascia
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Birthdate: January 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Racalmuto, Italy
Died: November 20, 1989

Italian author Leonardo Sciascia is best remembered for works on political corruption. Some of his notable works, such as Open Doors and Illustrious Corpses, were turned into films. Initially a member of the Italian Communist Party, he later joined the Radical Party. He was also elected to the European Parliament.

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Elsa Morante
(Novelist)
Elsa Morante
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Birthdate: August 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: November 25, 1985
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Domenico Starnone
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Birthdate: February 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saviano, Italy
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Arrigo Boito
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Birthdate: February 24, 1842
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: June 10, 1918
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Giovanni Papini
(Journalist)
Giovanni Papini
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Birthdate: January 9, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: July 8, 1956
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Giovanni Verga
(Writer, best known for his depictions of life in his native Sicily, especially the short story)
Giovanni Verga
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Birthdate: September 2, 1840
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Catania, Italy
Died: January 27, 1922
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Federico Moccia
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Birthdate: July 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Edmondo De Amicis
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Birthdate: October 21, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oneglia, Imperia, Italy
Died: March 11, 1908
Francis Marion Crawford
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Birthdate: August 2, 1854
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bagni di Lucca, Italy
Died: April 9, 1909
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Giorgio Bassani
(Novelist)
Giorgio Bassani
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Birthdate: March 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: April 13, 2000
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Dacia Maraini
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Birthdate: November 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fiesole, Italy
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Antonio Tabucchi
(Writer and academic who taught Portuguese language and literature at the University of Siena, Italy)
Antonio Tabucchi
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Birthdate: September 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: March 25, 2012
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Ignazio Silone
(Political leader)
Ignazio Silone
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Birthdate: May 1, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pescina, Italy
Died: August 22, 1978
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Niccolò Ammaniti
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Birthdate: September 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
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Massimo Carlotto
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Birthdate: June 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
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Alessandro Barbero
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Birthdate: April 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turin, Italy

Alessandro Barbero is an Italian historian, essayist, and novelist. He studied literature and medieval history at the University of Turin. He is the author of numerous works on history, including The Battle, an account of the Battle of Waterloo. He is also a TV and radio commentator and organizer on the Italian cultural scene. He received the 1996 Strega Prize. 

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Ennio Flaiano
(Screenwriter)
Ennio Flaiano
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Birthdate: March 5, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pescara, Italy
Died: November 20, 1972
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Erri De Luca
(Novelist)
Erri De Luca
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Birthdate: May 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
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Giambattista Giraldi
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Birthdate: 1504
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: December 30, 1573
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Matteo Bandello
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Birthdate: 1485 AD
Birthplace: Castelnuovo Scrivia, Italy
Died: 1561 AD
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Francesco Guccini
(Singer-songwriter)
Francesco Guccini
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Birthdate: June 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
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Carlo Emilio Gadda
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Birthdate: November 14, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: May 21, 1973
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Massimo d'Azeglio
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Birthdate: October 24, 1798
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: January 15, 1866
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Umberto Saba
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Birthdate: March 9, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Trieste, Italy
Died: August 25, 1957
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Elio Vittorini
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Birthdate: July 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Syracuse, Italy
Died: February 12, 1966