Anna Maria Ortese (2253 words)

Alberica Bazzoni (University of Warwick)
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Scrivere è cercare la calma, e qualche volta trovarla. È tornare a casa.
[Writing is looking for calmness, and sometimes finding it. It’s going back home]
Anna Maria Ortese, Corpo celeste

Anna Maria Ortese is one of the most important and original Italian writers of the twentieth century. She is the author of several novels, short stories, poems and journalistic reportages, combining the opposite poles of realism and fantasy in an experimental and highly individual way.

Ortese was born in Rome in 1914, one of six siblings, to a lower-middle class family that soon descended into poverty. Her mother was of Neapolitan and Tuscan descent, while her father was a …

Bazzoni, Alberica. "Anna Maria Ortese". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 June 2019
[, accessed 16 September 2019.]

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