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.
Joel McHaleJoel McHale
20 November 1971
Comedian, Actor
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

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

20 March 0043

Umberto EcoUmberto Eco
05 January 1932
Italian Semiotician, Philosopher
Giacomo CasanovaGiacomo Casanova
02 April 1725

Catherine of SienaCatherine of Siena
25 March 1347
Julius EvolaJulius Evola
19 May 1898

20 July 1304
Poet & Philosopher

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

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
31 August 1870
Physician and Educator

Giovanni BoccaccioGiovanni Boccaccio
16 June 1313
Michelangelo AntonioniMichelangelo Antonioni
29 September 1912
Film Director, Screenwriter, Editor

Benedict of NursiaBenedict of Nursia
02 March 0480

Primo LeviPrimo Levi
31 July 1919
Writer, Chemist

Tana FrenchTana French
10 May 1973
Pliny the YoungerPliny the Younger
0061 AD
Author, Lawyer

Luigi PirandelloLuigi Pirandello
28 June 1867
Leon Battista AlbertiLeon Battista Alberti
18 February 1404
Architect, Linguist

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Dario FoDario Fo
24 March 1926
Alphonsus LiguoriAlphonsus Liguori
27 September 1696
Philisopher, Spiritual Writer, Theologian

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

Veronica FrancoVeronica Franco
25 March 1546
Courtesan, Poetess

Giuseppe UngarettiGiuseppe Ungaretti
08 February 1888
Poet, Essayist
Ludovico AriostoLudovico Ariosto
08 September 1474

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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

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

Pier Paolo PasoliniPier Paolo Pasolini
05 March 1922
Film director, Writer, Actor, Poet, Screenwriter,

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

Roberto RosselliniRoberto Rossellini
08 May 1906
Film director, Actor, Film producer, Playwright,
Reinhold MessnerReinhold Messner
17 September 1944
Explorer, Politician, Writer, Mountaineer

Giorgio AgambenGiorgio Agamben
22 April 1942
Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Poet

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

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

Antonio CarluccioAntonio Carluccio
19 April 1937
Italo CalvinoItalo Calvino
15 October 1923
Writer, Poet, Politician, Journalist, Reporter,

Roberto SavianoRoberto Saviano
22 September 1979
Writer, Journalist, Screenwriter
Pierluigi CollinaPierluigi Collina
13 February 1960
Association football referee, Writer, Economist

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

Gabriele D'AnnunzioGabriele D'Annunzio
12 March 1863
Giulio AndreottiGiulio Andreotti
14 January 1919
Writer, Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Reporter

Charles AtlasCharles Atlas
30 October 1893
Vilfredo ParetoVilfredo Pareto
15 July 1848
Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist,

Guillaume ApollinaireGuillaume Apollinaire
25 August 1880

Silvia CollocaSilvia Colloca
23 July 1977

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Benvenuto CelliniBenvenuto Cellini
03 November 1500
Sculptor, Writer, Medallist, Painter,
Oriana FallaciOriana Fallaci
29 June 1929
War correspondent, Politician, Writer, Journalist,

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

Filippo Tommaso MarinettiFilippo Tommaso Marinetti
22 December 1876
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Composer, Science

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Carlo CollodiCarlo Collodi
24 November 1826

Andrea CamilleriAndrea Camilleri
06 September 1925
Writer, Screenwriter
Marsilio FicinoMarsilio Ficino
19 October 1433
Philosopher, Writer, Cleric, Astrologer, Poet

Carlo RovelliCarlo Rovelli
03 May 1956
Physicist, Writer

Milo ManaraMilo Manara
12 September 1945
Cartoonist, Illustrator, Writer, Artist
Robert BellarmineRobert Bellarmine
04 October 1542
Theologian, Writer, Librarian, University teacher,

Marcus Terentius VarroMarcus Terentius Varro
0116 BC
Scholar, Writer
Alessandro ManzoniAlessandro Manzoni
07 March 1785
Italian poet

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

Gabriele AmorthGabriele Amorth
01 May 1925
Catholic priest, Writer, Theologian
Benedetto CroceBenedetto Croce
25 February 1866
Philosopher, Politician, Art historian, Writer,

Aldus ManutiusAldus Manutius
1449 AD
type designer, publisher, typographer, printer
Enrico LettaEnrico Letta
20 August 1966
Politician, Academic, Non-fiction writer

0086 BC
Historian, Politician

Rula JebrealRula Jebreal
24 April 1973
Journalist, Pundit, Writer, Screenwriter

Errico MalatestaErrico Malatesta
14 December 1853
Activist, Writer, Revolutionary, Journalist, Trade
Franco BattiatoFranco Battiato
23 March 1945
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Film director,
Gaius MaecenasGaius Maecenas
15 April 0068

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

Baldassare CastiglioneBaldassare Castiglione
06 December 1478
Diplomat, Poet, Writer

Torquato TassoTorquato Tasso
11 March 1544
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Poet lawyer
Giuseppe Tomasi di LampedusaGiuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
23 December 1896
Writer, Novelist

Marcella HazanMarcella Hazan
15 April 1924

Pietro AretinoPietro Aretino
19 April 1492
Poet, Writer, Playwright, Journalist

Natalia GinzburgNatalia Ginzburg
14 July 1916

Ugo TognazziUgo Tognazzi
23 March 1922
Film director, Actor, Writer, Screenwriter
Francesco RediFrancesco Redi
18 February 1626
Physician, Naturalist, Poet, Writer, Painter,

Italo SvevoItalo Svevo
19 December 1861
Writer, Playwright, Translator, Businessperson,
Curzio MalaparteCurzio Malaparte
09 June 1898
Film director, Screenwriter, Journalist, Diplomat,

Giovanni Battista BelzoniGiovanni Battista Belzoni
05 November 1778
Explorer, Antiquarian, Egyptologist,
Lorenzo Da PonteLorenzo Da Ponte
10 March 1749
Opera librettist, Poet
Freya StarkFreya Stark
31 January 1893