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Elsa Morante

Elsa Morante

 Elsa Morante

Elsa Morante was born in Rome, Italy, on 18 August 1912. She left home at the age of 18, and due to financial difficulties was unable to pursue her literary studies. She supported herself by giving Italian and Latin private lessons, and later by collaborating to newspapers and magazines. She met Alberto Moravia in 1937 and their marriage in 1941 brought her into contact with the leading Italian writers and intellectuals of the day. Her first book, "Il gioco segreto" was published that same year. During the last years of World War II, her and Moravia moved to the countryside near Cassino, southern Italy, to escape the fascist authorities as he was suspected of anti-fascist activities. Later, the rural south would play an important part in her fiction works. They returned to Rome and she carried on writing, worked for the television network RAI, and travelled a lot. The couple became friends with the American translator William Weaver, who made their works known in the United States. Elsa also became very close to the paintor Bill Morrow. Elsa and Alberto separated in 1962 and that same year, she suffered the tragic loss of her friend Bill Morrow. She became very involved in world issues such as the for/against the atomic bomb debate. She broke a femur in 1980 and had to spend the last few years of her life bedridden. She tried to take her own life in 1983 but was rescued by a carer. She was treated at a clinic in Rome, where she died on 25 November 1985. She wrote novels, children's books, essays and short stories.

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