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

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri

30 April 1265

Joel McHaleJoel McHale

20 November 1971

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento

20 September 1975

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova

02 April 1725

Pope John Paul IPope John Paul I

17 October 1912

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori

31 August 1870

OvidOvid

20 March 0043

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini

20 January 1920

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco

05 January 1932

PetrarchPetrarch

20 July 1304

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Primo LeviPrimo Levi

31 July 1919

George SantayanaGeorge Santayana

16 December 1863

Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni

29 September 1912

Leon Battista AlbertiLeon Battista Alberti

18 February 1404

Luigi PirandelloLuigi Pirandello

28 June 1867

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JuvenalJuvenal

0055 AD

Dario FoDario Fo

24 March 1926

Alphonsus LiguoriAlphonsus Liguori

27 September 1696

Alberto MoraviaAlberto Moravia

28 November 1907

Cesare PaveseCesare Pavese

09 September 1908

Ludovico AriostoLudovico Ariosto

08 September 1474

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Grazia DeleddaGrazia Deledda

27 September 1871

Giuseppe UngarettiGiuseppe Ungaretti

08 February 1888

Salvatore Quasimodo Salvatore Quasimodo

20 August 1901

Francesco PetrarchFrancesco Petrarch

20 July 1304

Beppe GrilloBeppe Grillo

21 July 1948

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Lidia BastianichLidia Bastianich

21 February 1947

Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini

05 March 1922

Reinhold MessnerReinhold Messner

17 September 1944

Julius EvolaJulius Evola

19 May 1898

Girolamo SavonarolaGirolamo Savonarola

21 September 1452

Pierluigi CollinaPierluigi Collina

13 February 1960

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Roberto RosselliniRoberto Rossellini

08 May 1906

Ignatius of AntiochIgnatius of Antioch

15 May 0035

Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio

16 June 1313

Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino

15 October 1923

John BoscoJohn Bosco

16 August 1815

Carlo Gabriel NeroCarlo Gabriel Nero

16 September 1969

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Cesare LombrosoCesare Lombroso

06 November 1835

Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto

15 July 1848

Paolo SorrentinoPaolo Sorrentino

31 May 1970

Francesco RediFrancesco Redi

18 February 1626

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco

25 March 1546

CatullusCatullus

0084 BC

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Giorgio AgambenGiorgio Agamben

22 April 1942

Guillaume ApollinaireGuillaume Apollinaire

25 August 1880

Luchino ViscontiLuchino Visconti

02 November 1906

Giulio AndreottiGiulio Andreotti

14 January 1919

Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales

16 August 1567

Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini

03 November 1500

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Roberto SavianoRoberto Saviano

22 September 1979

PlautusPlautus

0254 BC

Filippo Tommaso MarinettiFilippo Tommaso Marinetti

22 December 1876

Oriana FallaciOriana Fallaci

29 June 1929

Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi

29 June 1798

Carlo CollodiCarlo Collodi

24 November 1826

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Andrea CamilleriAndrea Camilleri

06 September 1925

QuintilianQuintilian

0035 AD

Carlo RovelliCarlo Rovelli

03 May 1956

Pope Pius IIPope Pius II

18 October 1405

SallustSallust

0086 BC

Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine

04 October 1542

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Marsilio FicinoMarsilio Ficino

19 October 1433

Rula JebrealRula Jebreal

24 April 1973

Milo ManaraMilo Manara

12 September 1945

Baldassare CastiglioneBaldassare Castiglione

06 December 1478

Marcus Terentius VarroMarcus Terentius Varro

0116 BC

Benedetto CroceBenedetto Croce

25 February 1866

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Mario BavaMario Bava

31 July 1914

Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni

05 November 1778

Alessandro ManzoniAlessandro Manzoni

07 March 1785

Aldus ManutiusAldus Manutius

1449 AD

Gabriele AmorthGabriele Amorth

01 May 1925

Enrico LettaEnrico Letta

20 August 1966

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Gaius MaecenasGaius Maecenas

15 April 0068

Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso

11 March 1544

Walter BonattiWalter Bonatti

22 June 1930