Goliarda Sapienza was an Italian writer and actress. Now increasingly considered a major figure in twentieth-century Italian literature, she was long ignored and marginalized during her life. Her literary production spans genres and forms, encompassing novels, short stories, poetry and plays, and is characterized by a highly innovative and subversive attitude towards artistic conventions and social norms.
Sapienza lived a troubled and eccentric life. She was born in 1924 in Catania, Sicily, daughter of Maria Giudice, one of the most prominent members of the Italian Socialist Party and a feminist activist, and Peppino Sapienza, a socialist comrade and a lawyer. She was the couple’s only child but had several step-siblings from her parents’ previous families. She grew up in a heterodox
Citation: Bazzoni, Alberica. "Goliarda Sapienza". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 December 2018 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14079, accessed 09 December 2023.]