Luigi Pirandello

Italian Writer
Born Jun 28, 1867
Hometown Agrigento
Died Dec 10, 1936
Death Place Rome
Nationality Italian

Luigi Pirandello was an Italian dramatist, novelist, and short story writer awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1934, for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage". Pirandello's works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays, some of which are written in Sicilian. Pirandello's tragic farces are often seen as forerunners for Theatre of the Absurd.… Read More

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1867 Birth Born on June 28, 1867.


1880 13 Years Old In 1880, the Pirandello family moved to Palermo. … Read More
1886 19 Years Old In 1886, during a vacation from school, Luigi went to visit the sulphur mines of Porto Empedocle and started working with his father. … Read More


1887 20 Years Old In 1887, having definitively chosen the Department of Letters, he moved to Rome in order to continue his studies. … Read More
1891 24 Years Old In March 1891 he received his Doctorate under the guidance of Professor Foerster in Romance Philology with a dissertation on the dialect of Agrigento Sounds and Developments of Sounds in the Speech of Craperallis. … Read More
1893 26 Years Old In 1893 he wrote his first important work, Marta Ajala, which was published in 1901 with the title l'Esclusa.
1894 27 Years Old In 1894 he published his first collection of short stories, Amori senza Amore. 1894 was also the year of his marriage. … Read More
1895 28 Years Old In the meantime, Pirandello intensified his collaborations with newspaper editors and other journalists in magazines such as La Critica and La Tavola Rotonda in which he would publish, in 1895, the first part of the Dialoghi tra Il Gran Me e Il Piccolo Me.


1897 - 1898 2 More Events
1900 33 Years Old In 1900, he published in Marzocco some of the most celebrated of his novellas (Lumie di Sicilia, La Paura del Sonno) and, in 1901, the collection of poems Zampogna. … Read More
1903 36 Years Old The year 1903 was fundamental to the life of Pirandello. … Read More
1905 38 Years Old Translated into German in 1905, this novel paved the way to the notoriety and fame which allowed Pirandello to publish for the more important editors such as Treves, with whom he published, in 1906, another collection of novellas Erma Bifronte.


1908 41 Years Old In 1908 he published a volume of essays entitled Arte e Scienza and the important essay L'Umorismo in which he initiated the legendary debate with Benedetto Croce that would continue with increasing bitterness and venom on both sides for many years. … Read More
1909 42 Years Old …  Also in 1909, Pirandello began his collaboration with the prestigious journal Corriere della Sera in which he published the novellas Mondo di Carta (World of Paper), La Giara, and, in 1910, Non è una cosa seria and Pensaci, Giacomino! (Think it over, Giacomino!) At this point Pirandello's fame as a writer was continually increasing. … Read More
1911 44 Years Old In 1911, while the publication of novellas and short stories continued, Pirandello finished his fourth novel, Suo Marito, republished posthumously (1941), and completely revised in the first four chapters, with the title Giustino Roncella nato Boggiòlo. … Read More
1913 46 Years Old When the novel came out in 1913 Pirandello sent a copy of it to his parents for their fiftieth wedding anniversary along with a dedication which said that "their names, Stefano and Caterina, live heroically."


1919 52 Years Old In 1919 Pirandello was left with no alternative but to have his wife placed in an asylum.
1924 57 Years Old The separation from his wife, toward whom, despite the morbid jealousies and hallucinations, he continued to feel a very strong attraction, caused great suffering for Pirandello who, even as late as 1924, believed he could still properly care for her at home. … Read More
1925 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1925, Pirandello, with the help of Mussolini, assumed the artistic direction and ownership of the Teatro d'Arte di Roma, founded by the Gruppo degli Undici. … Read More


1929 62 Years Old Pirandello was nominated Academic of Italy in 1929 and in 1934 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.
1936 69 Years Old He died alone in his home at Via Bosio, Rome on 10 December 1936. … Read More
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