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
Niccolò MachiavelliNiccolò Machiavelli
03 May 1469
Political Philosopher

Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri
30 April 1265

Asia ArgentoAsia Argento
20 September 1975
Actress, Model, Writer

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

Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor
Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
05 January 1932
Italian Semiotician, Philosopher

Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini
20 January 1920
Film Director and Scriptwriter

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
31 August 1870
Physician and Educator
20 March 0043

20 July 1304
Poet & Philosopher
Julius EvolaJulius Evola
19 May 1898

Benedict of NursiaBenedict of Nursia
02 March 0480

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
Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio
16 June 1313

Tana FrenchTana French
10 May 1973

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
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Dario FoDario Fo
24 March 1926

Alphonsus LiguoriAlphonsus Liguori
27 September 1696
Philisopher, Spiritual Writer, Theologian

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546
Courtesan, Poetess
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

Girolamo FracastoroGirolamo Fracastoro
1478 AD
Physician, scholar, poet
Salvatore Quasimodo Salvatore Quasimodo
20 August 1901
Author & Poet

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Giuseppe UngarettiGiuseppe Ungaretti
08 February 1888
Poet, Essayist

Giambattista della PortaGiambattista della Porta
01 November 1535
Scholar, Polymath

Francesco PetrarchFrancesco Petrarch
20 July 1304
Poet, Scholar and Humanist

Bishop of Cagliari
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,

Roberto RosselliniRoberto Rossellini
08 May 1906
Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright,

Reinhold MessnerReinhold Messner
17 September 1944
Explorer, Politician, Writer, Mountaineer
Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino
15 October 1923
Writer, Poet, Politician, Journalist, Reporter,

Paolo SorrentinoPaolo Sorrentino
31 May 1970
Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Playwright
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
15 July 1848
Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist,

Carlo Gabriel NeroCarlo Gabriel Nero
16 September 1969
Screenwriter, Film director

Lanny PoffoLanny Poffo
28 December 1954

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

Giorgio AgambenGiorgio Agamben
22 April 1942
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Poet
Luchino ViscontiLuchino Visconti
02 November 1906
Theatre director, Film director, Screenwriter,

Francis de SalesFrancis de Sales
16 August 1567
Theologian, Priest, Writer

Guillaume ApollinaireGuillaume Apollinaire
25 August 1880

Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893
Pierluigi CollinaPierluigi Collina
13 February 1960
Association football referee, Writer, Economist

Antonio CarluccioAntonio Carluccio
19 April 1937
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Comedy writer

Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini
03 November 1500
Sculptor, Writer, Medallist, Painter,
Carlo CollodiCarlo Collodi
24 November 1826
Writer, Journalist, Novelist, Children's writer

Oriana FallaciOriana Fallaci
29 June 1929
War correspondent, Politician, Writer, Journalist,
Filippo Tommaso MarinettiFilippo Tommaso Marinetti
22 December 1876
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Composer, Science

Giacomo LeopardiGiacomo Leopardi
29 June 1798
Writer, Poet, Philosopher, Philologist

Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine
04 October 1542
Theologian, Writer, Librarian, University teacher,
Roberto SavianoRoberto Saviano
22 September 1979
Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter

Andrea CamilleriAndrea Camilleri
06 September 1925
Writer, Screenwriter
Rula JebrealRula Jebreal
24 April 1973
Journalist, Pundit, Writer, Screenwriter

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,
Carlo RovelliCarlo Rovelli
03 May 1956
Physicist, Writer
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Gabriele AmorthGabriele Amorth
01 May 1925
Catholic priest, Writer, Theologian

Francesco RediFrancesco Redi
18 February 1626
Physician, Naturalist, Poet, Writer, Painter,

Baldassare CastiglioneBaldassare Castiglione
06 December 1478
Diplomat, Poet, Writer
Marcus Terentius VarroMarcus Terentius Varro
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Scholar, Writer

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

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Historian, Politician

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

Alessandro ManzoniAlessandro Manzoni
07 March 1785
Italian poet
Milo ManaraMilo Manara
12 September 1945
Cartoonist, Illustrator, Writer, Artist

Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Poet lawyer
Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893

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

Franco BattiatoFranco Battiato
23 March 1945
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Film director,
Leonardo BruniLeonardo Bruni
1370 AD
philosopher, writer, translator, historian

Gaius MaecenasGaius Maecenas
15 April 0068
Carlo GoldoniCarlo Goldoni
25 February 1707
Playwright, Writer, Librettist, Screenwriter,

Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,

Enrico LettaEnrico Letta
20 August 1966
Politician, Academic, Non-fiction writer

Lorenzo Da PonteLorenzo Da Ponte
10 March 1749
Opera librettist, Poet
Peter LombardPeter Lombard
1090 AD

Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist
Italo SvevoItalo Svevo
19 December 1861
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Businessperson,

Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916
Carlo GinzburgCarlo Ginzburg
15 April 1939
Art historian, Writer, Medievalist, Historian of

Vittoria ColonnaVittoria Colonna
31 March 1490
poet, writer
Ugo TognazziUgo Tognazzi
23 March 1922
Film director, Actor, Writer, Screenwriter