Matilde Serao

Ursula Fanning (Dublin City University)
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Matilde Serao was born in Patras, Greece, in 1856 to a Neapolitan journalist father and a Greek mother who was a teacher. However, she is most associated with Naples, since the family returned there when she was three years old and it was in Naples that she carved out a highly successful career as a journalist and writer of fiction of various kinds. She also worked in Rome for some time as a young woman. She married an equally famous journalist, Edoardo Scarfoglio, in 1884. In the course of their marriage, they ran three newspapers together (the

Corriere di Roma,


Corriere di Napoli


Il Mattino)

. They also had four sons. After their separation, in 1904, Serao ran two papers of her own,

La Settimana


Il giorno.

She also had a daughter with her partner, Giuseppe Natale.

She was a…

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Citation: Fanning, Ursula. "Matilde Serao". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 September 2009 [, accessed 17 April 2024.]

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