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.
MichelangeloMichelangelo
06 March 1475
Sculptor
Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469
Political Philosopher

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

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
20 September 1975
Actress, Model, Writer

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
30 April 1265
Poet

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor
Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
20 January 1920
Film Director and Scriptwriter

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725
Womanizer

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
31 August 1870
Physician and Educator
Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
05 January 1932
Italian Semiotician, Philosopher

OvidOvid
20 March 0043
Poet
PetrarchPetrarch
20 July 1304
Poet & Philosopher

Julius EvolaJulius Evola
19 May 1898
Philosopher

Primo LeviPrimo Levi
31 July 1919
Writer, Chemist

Benedict of NursiaBenedict of Nursia
02 March 0480
Saint

Tana FrenchTana French
10 May 1973
Writer
George SantayanaGeorge Santayana
16 December 1863
Philosopher, Essayist, Poet, & Novelist

Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
0061 AD
Author, Lawyer

Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio
16 June 1313
Writer

Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni
29 September 1912
Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor
Leon Battista AlbertiLeon Battista Alberti
18 February 1404
Architect, Linguist

Luigi PirandelloLuigi Pirandello
28 June 1867
Writer
JuvenalJuvenal
0055 AD
Poet

Dario FoDario Fo
24 March 1926
Playwright

Alphonsus LiguoriAlphonsus Liguori
27 September 1696
Philisopher, Spiritual Writer, Theologian
Alberto MoraviaAlberto Moravia
28 November 1907
Italian novelist

Cesare PaveseCesare Pavese
09 September 1908
Italian poet
Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546
Courtesan, Poetess

Ludovico AriostoLudovico Ariosto
08 September 1474
Poet

Grazia DeleddaGrazia Deledda
27 September 1871
Nobel Laureate in Literature
Salvatore Quasimodo Salvatore Quasimodo
20 August 1901
Author & Poet

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Giuseppe UngarettiGiuseppe Ungaretti
08 February 1888
Poet, Essayist
Girolamo FracastoroGirolamo Fracastoro
1478 AD
Physician, scholar, poet

Giambattista della PortaGiambattista della Porta
01 November 1535
Scholar, Polymath

Francesco PetrarchFrancesco Petrarch
20 July 1304
Poet, Scholar and Humanist

LuciferLucifer
Bishop of Cagliari
Beppe GrilloBeppe Grillo
21 July 1948
Actor, Comedian, Politician, Writer
Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini
05 March 1922
Film director, Writer, Actor, Poet, Screenwriter,

Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich
21 February 1947
Writer, Restaurateur, Television presenter

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

Roberto RosselliniRoberto Rossellini
08 May 1906
Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright,
Rula JebrealRula Jebreal
24 April 1973
Journalist, Pundit, Writer, Screenwriter

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

Gabriele D'AnnunzioGabriele D'Annunzio
12 March 1863
Poet

Pierluigi CollinaPierluigi Collina
13 February 1960
Association football referee, Writer, Economist

Carlo Gabriel NeroCarlo Gabriel Nero
16 September 1969
Screenwriter, Film director
Silvia CollocaSilvia Colloca
23 July 1977
Actress

Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino
15 October 1923
Writer, Poet, Politician, Journalist, Reporter,
Lanny PoffoLanny Poffo
28 December 1954
Wrestlers

Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
15 July 1848
Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist,

Giulio AndreottiGiulio Andreotti
14 January 1919
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Reporter
Luchino ViscontiLuchino Visconti
02 November 1906
Theatre director, Film director, Screenwriter,

Giorgio AgambenGiorgio Agamben
22 April 1942
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Poet
Antonio CarluccioAntonio Carluccio
19 April 1937
Chef

Guillaume ApollinaireGuillaume Apollinaire
25 August 1880
Poet

Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893
Bodybuilder

CatullusCatullus
0084 BC
Verona

Carlo CollodiCarlo Collodi
24 November 1826
Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Children's writer
Carlo Maria MartiniCarlo Maria Martini
15 February 1927
theologian, writer, cleric, university teacher

Roberto SavianoRoberto Saviano
22 September 1979
Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter

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

Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini
03 November 1500
Sculptor, Writer, Medallist, Painter,
PlautusPlautus
0254 BC
Playwright

Filippo Tommaso MarinettiFilippo Tommaso Marinetti
22 December 1876
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Composer, Science
Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi
29 June 1798
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Philologist

Andrea CamilleriAndrea Camilleri
06 September 1925
Writer, Screenwriter

Carlo RovelliCarlo Rovelli
03 May 1956
Physicist, Writer
Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine
04 October 1542
Theologian, Writer, Librarian, University teacher,

Marsilio FicinoMarsilio Ficino
19 October 1433
Philosopher, Writer, Cleric, Astrologer, Poet
Benedetto CroceBenedetto Croce
25 February 1866
Philosopher, Politician, Art historian, Writer,

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

Aldus ManutiusAldus Manutius
1449 AD
type designer, publisher, typographer, printer
Marcus Terentius VarroMarcus Terentius Varro
0116 BC
Scholar, Writer

Gabriele AmorthGabriele Amorth
01 May 1925
Catholic priest, Writer, Theologian
Francesco RediFrancesco Redi
18 February 1626
Physician, Naturalist, Poet, Writer, Painter,

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

SallustSallust
0086 BC
Historian, Politician

Baldassare CastiglioneBaldassare Castiglione
06 December 1478
Diplomat, Poet, Writer
Alessandro ManzoniAlessandro Manzoni
07 March 1785
Italian poet
Milo ManaraMilo Manara
12 September 1945
Cartoonist, Illustrator, Writer, Artist

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

Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Poet lawyer

Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,
Gaius MaecenasGaius Maecenas
15 April 0068
Poet

Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893
Explorer

Carlo GoldoniCarlo Goldoni
25 February 1707
Playwright, Writer, Librettist, Screenwriter,

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

Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916
Author
Lorenzo Da PonteLorenzo Da Ponte
10 March 1749
Opera librettist, Poet

Enrico LettaEnrico Letta
20 August 1966
Politician, Academic, Non-fiction writer
Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist

Leonardo BruniLeonardo Bruni
1370 AD
philosopher, writer, translator, historian
Franco BattiatoFranco Battiato
23 March 1945
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Film director,
Francesco GuicciardiniFrancesco Guicciardini
06 March 1483
Historian, Politician, Writer, Diplomat