Elena Ferrante

Nicoletta Peluffo (Kent State University)
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The multifarious hypotheses on the public identity of Elena Ferrante are one of the elements that have contributed to the success of her literary production. Her career as a writer of fiction begins in 1992 with the publication of

L’amore molesto



Troubling Love


2006]. Ten years later, the publication of

I giorni dell’abbandono



The Days of Abandonment

, 2005] is shortly followed by

La figlia oscura



The Lost Daughter

, 2008].

The interest around the author’s identity -- she declared she didn’t chose anonymity, she chose absence -- is paired with a cultural phenomenon subsequent to the publication and translation of the so-called “Neapolitean quartet”


Neapolitan novels”. The four books of the saga trace the story of the friendship of the two…

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Citation: Peluffo, Nicoletta. "Elena Ferrante". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 June 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14614, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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