Elsa Morante

Italian Writer
Born Aug 18, 1912

Elsa Morante was an Italian novelist, perhaps best known for her novel La storia.

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1912 Birth Elsa Morante was born in Rome in 1912, and except for a period during World War II, would reside in her home city until her death in 1985.


1941 29 Years Old 1 More Event
She married the novelist Alberto Moravia in 1941, and through him she met many of the leading Italian thinkers and writers of the day. … Read More


1948 36 Years Old Following the war, Morante and Moravia met American translator William Weaver, who helped them to find an American audience. Her first novel, 1948's Menzogna e sortilegio, won the prestigious Viareggio Prize, and was later published in the United States as House of Liars in 1951. … Read More


1957 45 Years Old Morante's next novel, L'isola di Arturo, appeared in 1957 and won the Strega Prize. … Read More
1961 49 Years Old Morante and Moravia separated in 1961, and Morante continued to write sporadically. … Read More


1982 70 Years Old Her final novel, 1982's Aracoeli, has been seen as a summation, albeit by some critics a pessimistic one, of motifs and trends present in all of her writing, such as the importance of children and childhood, and private worlds in which fantasy provides an escape from dreary external realities. … Read More
1985 73 Years Old Died in 1985.
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