Grazia Deledda: A Legendary Life

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 235 pages
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What made a young Sardinian woman in the nineteenth century think that she could become a famous writer, especially considering the time and her position, her gender and lack of education? Yet Grazia Deledda achieved such status in the literary world that publishers in Italy vied for her fiction. Nearly seventy years after her death, her novels continue to be reprinted and translated, and critical appreciation of her work continues to grow. This - the first full length biography of Deledda in English for an adult audience - is the story of a woman who overcame obstacles that would discourage most people, and went on to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. The book charts her life and work from her childhood in Sardinia to her death in Rome.
 

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Contents

Nuoro
1
Childhood 18711887
7
Early Works 18881894
19
Lovers by Mail
33
Letters to Editors
47
Two Very Different Novels
57
Leaving Sardinia 18991900
73
Rome 19001904
89
This Nightmare War 19121914
135
Cenere 19151916
147
Born for Home and Art 19171925
159
Mirella 19171976 Intermezzo
181
Nobel Prize 19261927
185
The Church of Solitude 19281936
197
Notes
217
Works Consulted
233

Nostalgia 19051908
107
Her Husband 19091911
123

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Martha King went to Italy from Austin, Texas, with a grant to finish a translation of Leopardi's Libaldone. She thought that she might stay "a year or two", but never left. She has published extensively on Italian literature since the late 1970s.

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