For all the serious reading aficionados, reading can never be complete without having read a Dante, Petrarch or Boccaccio. Isn’t it? For the rest, rack not your brains for these are classic Italian writers whose contribution to Italian and world literature has been immense. Whether it is their risqué stories or heart-warming sonnets or even deep and meaningful poetry, Italian writers have given the world masterpieces of literature. Interestingly, Italian writers have covered all the major genres of writing, be it novels or short stories, poems or sonnets, fiction or non-fiction and so on. Their works are often thought-provoking and very well versed. However, Italian written works are not just merely about classicists, for the country is home to great many contemporary writers as well, who have created a niche for themselves in the literary world. Be it Umberto Eco or Luigi Pirandello, Marco Travaglio or Paolo Giordano, Fabio Volo or Stefano Benni and even female writers like Dacia Maraini, Grazia Verasani and so on. Each of them have given Italian literature some unputdownable works. With this section, we explore the life and works of some of the world’s most famous Italian writers.
06 March 1475
Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor

Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469
Political Philosopher

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
30 April 1265

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
20 September 1975
Actress, Model, Writer

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725
Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
20 January 1920
Film Director and Scriptwriter

Pope John Paul IPope John Paul I
17 October 1912
Pope of Roman Catholic Church

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
31 August 1870
Physician and Educator

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
05 January 1932
Italian Semiotician, Philosopher
20 March 0043

20 July 1304
Poet & Philosopher
Primo LeviPrimo Levi
31 July 1919
Writer, Chemist

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
16 December 1863
Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
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Author, Lawyer
Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni
29 September 1912
Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor

Luigi PirandelloLuigi Pirandello
28 June 1867
Alphonsus LiguoriAlphonsus Liguori
27 September 1696
Philisopher, Spiritual Writer, Theologian

Leon Battista AlbertiLeon Battista Alberti
18 February 1404
Architect, Linguist

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Dario FoDario Fo
24 March 1926

Alberto MoraviaAlberto Moravia
28 November 1907
Italian novelist
Cesare PaveseCesare Pavese
09 September 1908
Italian poet

Ludovico AriostoLudovico Ariosto
08 September 1474

Grazia DeleddaGrazia Deledda
27 September 1871
Nobel Laureate in Literature

Giuseppe UngarettiGiuseppe Ungaretti
08 February 1888
Poet, Essayist
Salvatore Quasimodo Salvatore Quasimodo
20 August 1901
Author & Poet
Girolamo FracastoroGirolamo Fracastoro
1478 AD
Physician, scholar, poet

Francesco PetrarchFrancesco Petrarch
20 July 1304
Poet, Scholar and Humanist

Beppe GrilloBeppe Grillo
21 July 1948
Actor, Comedian, Politician, Writer

Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich
21 February 1947
Writer, Restaurateur, Television presenter
Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini
05 March 1922
Film director, Writer, Actor, Poet, Screenwriter,

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Reinhold MessnerReinhold Messner
17 September 1944
Explorer, Politician, Writer, Mountaineer

Julius EvolaJulius Evola
19 May 1898
Poet, Racial theorist, Writer, Painter,

Girolamo SavonarolaGirolamo Savonarola
21 September 1452
Politician, Philosopher, Religious

Roberto RosselliniRoberto Rossellini
08 May 1906
Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright,
Ignatius of AntiochIgnatius of Antioch
15 May 0035
Writer, bishop of Antioch

Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio
16 June 1313
Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino
15 October 1923
Writer, Poet, Politician, Journalist, Reporter,

Luchino ViscontiLuchino Visconti
02 November 1906
Theatre director, Film director, Screenwriter,

John BoscoJohn Bosco
16 August 1815
Writer, Catholic priest
Pierluigi CollinaPierluigi Collina
13 February 1960
Association football referee, Writer, Economist

Carlo Gabriel NeroCarlo Gabriel Nero
16 September 1969
Screenwriter, Film director
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
15 July 1848
Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist,

Paolo SorrentinoPaolo Sorrentino
31 May 1970
Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright

Cesare LombrosoCesare Lombroso
06 November 1835
Physician, Writer, Criminologist, Psychiatrist,

Antonio CarluccioAntonio Carluccio
19 April 1937

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Oriana FallaciOriana Fallaci
29 June 1929
War correspondent, Politician, Writer, Journalist,

Guillaume ApollinaireGuillaume Apollinaire
25 August 1880

Giulio AndreottiGiulio Andreotti
14 January 1919
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Reporter

Andrea CamilleriAndrea Camilleri
06 September 1925
Writer, Screenwriter
Giorgio AgambenGiorgio Agamben
22 April 1942
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Poet

Roberto SavianoRoberto Saviano
22 September 1979
Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter
Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
16 August 1567
Theologian, Priest, Writer

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546
poet, writer, model

Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini
03 November 1500
Sculptor, Writer, Medallist, Painter,
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Comedy writer

Carlo CollodiCarlo Collodi
24 November 1826
Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Children's writer
Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi
29 June 1798
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Philologist

Carlo RovelliCarlo Rovelli
03 May 1956
Physicist, Writer

Filippo Tommaso MarinettiFilippo Tommaso Marinetti
22 December 1876
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Composer, Science
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Rula JebrealRula Jebreal
24 April 1973
Journalist, Pundit, Writer, Screenwriter
Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine
04 October 1542
Theologian, Writer, Librarian, University teacher,

Milo ManaraMilo Manara
12 September 1945
Cartoonist, Illustrator, Writer, Artist

Pope Pius IIPope Pius II
18 October 1405
Catholic priest, Diplomat, Writer, University

Marcus Terentius VarroMarcus Terentius Varro
0116 BC
Scholar, Writer
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Historian, Politician
Marsilio FicinoMarsilio Ficino
19 October 1433
Philosopher, Writer, Cleric, Astrologer, Poet

Benedetto CroceBenedetto Croce
25 February 1866
Philosopher, Politician, Art historian, Writer,

Mario BavaMario Bava
31 July 1914
Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer,

Francesco RediFrancesco Redi
18 February 1626
Physician, Naturalist, Poet, Writer, Painter,
Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,

Alessandro ManzoniAlessandro Manzoni
07 March 1785
Italian poet

Aldus ManutiusAldus Manutius
1449 AD
type designer, publisher, typographer, printer

Gabriele AmorthGabriele Amorth
01 May 1925
Catholic priest, Writer, Theologian

Enrico LettaEnrico Letta
20 August 1966
Politician, Academic, Non-fiction writer
Baldassare CastiglioneBaldassare Castiglione
06 December 1478
Diplomat, Poet, Writer

Gaius MaecenasGaius Maecenas
15 April 0068
Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Poet lawyer

Errico MalatestaErrico Malatesta
14 December 1853
Activist, Writer, Revolutionary, Journalist, Trade

Lorenzo Da PonteLorenzo Da Ponte
10 March 1749
Opera librettist, Poet
Walter BonattiWalter Bonatti
22 June 1930
Mountaineer, Explorer, Photographer, Mountain

Italo SvevoItalo Svevo
19 December 1861
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Businessperson,
Franco BattiatoFranco Battiato
23 March 1945
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Film director,

Paolo SoleriPaolo Soleri
21 June 1919
Architect, Writer, Sculptor, University teacher

Giuseppe Tomasi di LampedusaGiuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
23 December 1896
Writer, Novelist

Curzio MalaparteCurzio Malaparte
09 June 1898
Film director, Screenwriter, Journalist, Diplomat,
Ugo TognazziUgo Tognazzi
23 March 1922
Film director, Actor, Writer, Screenwriter

Michelangelo BuonarrotiMichelangelo Buonarroti
06 March 1475
Sculpture, Painter, Architect, Poet
Carlo GoldoniCarlo Goldoni
25 February 1707
Playwright, Writer, Librettist, Screenwriter,

Giambattista BasileGiambattista Basile
1566 AD
writer, poet, children's writer
Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist

Carlo GinzburgCarlo Ginzburg
15 April 1939
Art historian, Writer, Medievalist, Historian of
Walter VeltroniWalter Veltroni
03 July 1955
Politician, Writer, Journalist