Simonetta Agnello was born in Palermo in 1945 to titled parents on both her father’s and her mother’s sides. As a girl, she spent what she has called a “feudal” but very happy childhood on her parents’ estate in the Sicilian countryside near Agrigento. After being tutored privately at home, she moved to Palermo to attend school. In the city, she led what might, to some, seem an anachronistically sheltered life. But the years she spent in Palermo as a treasured member of an extended and colorful family were rich with important emotional and intellectual experiences.
In 1963, Simonetta Agnello travelled to the United Kingdom to study English at Cambridge University. During her stay in England, she met Martin Hornby, her future husband. In 1965, she was a Fulbright scholar at the
Citation: Klopp, Charles. "Simonetta Agnello Hornby". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 March 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13704, accessed 09 December 2023.]