Famous Italian Short Story Writers

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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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Luigi Pirandello
(Italian Playwright and Novelist & Winner of 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Luigi Pirandello
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Birthdate: June 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Agrigento, Italy
Died: December 10, 1936

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian novelist, short story writer, poet, and dramatist. Best remembered for his plays, Pirandello was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934. An Italian nationalist, Pirandello supported Fascism; he asked the Fascist government to melt down his Nobel Prize medal for the Abyssinia Campaign.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Edmondo De Amicis
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Birthdate: October 21, 1846
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oneglia, Imperia, Italy
Died: March 11, 1908
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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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Carlo Emilio Gadda
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Birthdate: November 14, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: May 21, 1973
Massimo Bontempelli
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Birthdate: May 12, 1878
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Como, Italy
Died: July 21, 1960
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Corrado Alvaro
(Journalist)
Corrado Alvaro
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Birthdate: April 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Luca, Italy
Died: June 11, 1956
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Anna Maria Ortese
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Birthdate: June 13, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: March 9, 1998
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Giorgio Manganelli
(Journalist)
Giorgio Manganelli
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Birthdate: November 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: May 28, 1990
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Luciano Bianciardi
(Journalist)
Luciano Bianciardi
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Birthdate: December 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grosseto, Italy
Died: November 14, 1971
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Marina Colasanti
(Writer, Journalist)
Marina Colasanti
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Birthdate: September 26, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Asmara, Eritrea
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Giovanni Comisso
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Birthdate: October 3, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Treviso, Italy
Died: January 21, 1969