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Famous Authors from Italy

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List of the most popular authors from Italy, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Italian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Italian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

List authors range from Giorgio Bassani to Ulisse Aldrovandi.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Italy?" and "Who are the best Italian authors?"

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Edoardo Sanguineti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Natural Stories # 1 (Drama Series 16), Capriccio italiano, Estudios sobre Moravia
Edoardo Sanguineti was a Genoese poet, writer and academic; universally considered one of the major Italian authors of the second half of twentieth century.
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Pier Paolo Pasolini is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Ragazzi di vita, Alì dagli occhi azzurri, A violent life
Pier Paolo Pasolini (Italian: [ˌpjɛr ˈpaːolo pazoˈliːni]; 5 March 1922 – 2 November 1975) was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual, who also distinguished himself as an ...more

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Giuseppe Verdi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Requiem, La Forza del destino, La Donna è mobile--
Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (Italian: [dʒuˈzɛppe ˈverdi]; 9 or 10 October 1813 – 27 January 1901) was an Italian opera composer. He was born near Busseto to a provincial family of ...more
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Antonio Vivaldi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
4 Seasons, Six Flute Concertos, Op. 10
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (UK: , US: , Italian: [anˈtɔːnjo ˈluːtʃo viˈvaldi] (listen); 4 March 1678 – 28 July 1741) was an Italian Baroque musical composer, virtuoso violinist, teacher, and priest. ...more

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#270 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #7 of 374 The Best Classical Composers #294 of 931 People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Roberto Benigni is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Il mostro, Johnny Stecchino, Quando Benigni ruppe il video
Roberto Remigio Benigni (Italian pronunciation: [roˈbɛrto beˈniɲɲi]; born 27 October 1952) is an Italian actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. Internationally, he is best known for ...more

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#679 of 1,151 The Best Actors in Film History #243 of 783 The Greatest Directors In Movie History #127 of 226 The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked

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Luigi Pirandello is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Late Mattia Pascal, One, No One and One Hundred Thousand
Luigi Pirandello (Italian: [luˈiːdʒi piranˈdɛllo]; 28 June 1867 – 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays. ...more
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Julius Evola is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Meditations on the Peaks, The Hermetic Tradition, Ride the Tiger
Baron Giulio Cesare Andrea Evola (; Italian: [ˈɛːvola]; 19 May 1898 – 11 June 1974), better known as Julius Evola, was an Italian philosopher, painter, mystic, occultist, and esotericist. He has ...more
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Giordano Bruno is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Los Heroicos Furores, Die Kabbala des Pegasus, Cause
Giordano Bruno (, Italian: [dʒorˈdaːno ˈbruːno]; Latin: Iordanus Brunus Nolanus; born Filippo Bruno, (1548 – 17 February 1600) was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, ...more

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#351 of 2,831 The Most Influential People of All Time #71 of 1,472 The Greatest Minds of All Timelisted on Executed Religious Figures

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Federico Fellini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
El Viaje de G. Mastorna, Trip to Tulum, Queridisimo Simenon
Federico Fellini, (Italian: [fedeˈriːko felˈliːni]; 20 January 1920 – 31 October 1993) was an Italian film director and screenwriter. Known for his distinct style that blends fantasy and baroque ...more

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Dante Alighieri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Divine Comedy, Inferno, Paradiso
Durante di Alighiero degli Alighieri (Italian: [duˈrante deʎʎ aliˈɡjɛːri]; Latin: Dantes), commonly known by his pen name Dante Alighieri or simply as Dante (, also US: , Italian: [ˈdante]; ...more

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#99 of 1,183 The Best Writers of All Timefeaturing Things Even A Lot Of History Buffs Don't Know About Dante Alighierilisted on People On Stamps: List Of People On US Postage

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Frank Capra is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Name Above the Title: An Autobiography
Frank Russell Capra (born Francesco Rosario Capra; May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian-American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the ...more

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#430 of 2,831 The Most Influential People of All Time #1,224 of 1,472 The Greatest Minds of All Timelisted on Republicans in Hollywood: Republican Celebrities List

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Umberto Saba is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Songbook, Couleur du temps, Immagini per Saba
Umberto Saba (9 March 1883 – 26 August 1957) was an Italian poet and novelist, born Umberto Poli in the cosmopolitan Mediterranean port of Trieste when it was the fourth largest city of the ...more
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Umberto Eco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, The Island of the Day Before
Umberto Eco (5 January 1932 – 19 February 2016) was an Italian novelist, literary critic, philosopher, semiotician, and university professor. He is widely known for his 1980 novel Il nome della ...more
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Mario Salvadori is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Differential Equations in Engineering Problems, The Art of Construction: Projects and Principles for Beginning Engineers and Architects, Building: The Fight Against Gravity
Mario G. Salvadori was a structural engineer and professor of both civil engineering and architecture at Columbia University.
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Gioacchino Rossini is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Le comte Ory, L' assedio di Corinto, L' Italiana in Algeri
Gioachino Antonio Rossini (29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868) was an Italian composer who gained fame for his 39 operas, although he also wrote many songs, some chamber music and piano pieces, ...more

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#331 of 2,186 The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time #36 of 374 The Best Classical Composers #248 of 1,472 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Fabio Colonna is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
La Sambuca lincea
Fabio Colonna was an Italian naturalist and botanist.
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Alberto Moravia is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Two Women, La Cosa, La Romana
Alberto Moravia (US: moh-RAH-vee-ə, -⁠RAY-, Italian: [alˈbɛrto moˈraːvja]; born Alberto Pincherle [ˈpiŋkerle]; November 28, 1907 – September 26, 1990) was an Italian novelist and journalist. His ...more
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Aldo Busi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Un cuore di troppo, Vie standard d'un vendeur provisoire de collants, Manuale della perfetta gentildonna
Aldo Busi (born 25 February 1948) is a contemporary Italian writer and translator, famous for his linguistic invention and for his polemic force as well as for some prestigious translations from ...more
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Sonia Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Freedom's Daughter, Rajiv, Rajiv's World
Sonia Gandhi pronunciation (née Maino; born 9 December 1946) is an Indian politician. She is the president of the Indian National Congress, the secular and left-of-centre political party, ...more
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Ezra Pound is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Cantos, Social Credit. An Impact, A B C of economics
Ezra Weston Loomis Pound (30 October 1885 – 1 November 1972) was an expatriate American poet and critic, and a major figure in the early modernist poetry movement. His contribution to poetry ...more

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Franco Modigliani is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Rethinking pension reform, The Collected Papers of Franco Modigliani, Vol. 4: Monetary Theory and Stabilization Policies
Franco Modigliani (1918 - 2003) was an Italian-American economist and the recipient of the 1985 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics. He was a professor at University of Illinois at ...more
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Tomie dePaola is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
The Art Lesson, The Hunter and the Animals, The Unicorn and the Moon
Thomas Anthony "Tomie" dePaola (born September 15, 1934) is an American writer and illustrator who has created more than 260 children's books such as Strega Nona. He received the ...more
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Raven Grimassi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Ways of the strega, Beltane, Wiccan magick
Gary Charles Erbe (April 12, 1951 – March 10, 2019), known as Raven Grimassi, was an American author of over 20 books, and a scholar of paganism with over 40 years of research and study in the ...more
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Sandro Penna is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
Un pò di febbre, Il viaggiatore insonne, Confuso sogno
Sandro Penna (June 12, 1906 – January 21, 1977) was an Italian poet.
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Italo Calvino is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Authors from Italy
If on a winter's night a traveler, Invisible Cities, The Cloven Viscount
Italo Calvino (, also US: , Italian: [ˈiːtalo kalˈviːno]; 15 October 1923 – 19 September 1985) was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the ...more