Saturday, August 16, 2008

Elsa Morante-A New Biography

Brilliant Roman writer Elsa Morante led a life that some people only read about. Born in Rome, half Jewish, she married well-known author Alberto Moravia and spent part of World War II hiding in the mountains from the Germans who occupied Rome. Her circle of friends included famous Italian actress Anna Magnani and director Bernardo Bertolucci. A new biography of her life, Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante by Lily Tuck, whose own father knew Morante well, explores not only the chronological events of Morante's life, but also pays close attention to details such as Morante's style and conversational wit. Read more about the book in the August issue of Vogue (unfortunately not on-line) and in a recent LA Times article.

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