37. Livia De Stefani (1913 – 1991)

Writer born in Palermo, Livia wrote her first piece of poetry at the age of eight and collaborated, not even ten, to the publications “Crickets” and “Giornalino della Domenica”.

At the age of seventeen, she married the sculptor René Signorini, with whom he had three children and settled in Rome. It was her friend Alberto Savinio, writer, who encouraged to start writing. In 1940 Livia published her first work, a collection of poems entitled Prelude (ed. Ciuni – Palermo).

Considered an authoritative voice in post-war Italian landscape, Livia De Stefani debuted in 1953, with the novel La vigna di uve nere, a history of ancestral feelings, mafia and revenge set in Sicily, birthplace and place of inspiration of all her books.

Recipient of many literary recognitions and collaborator of various
Italian publications, Livia De Stefani died in 1991.

Publications:
•Preludio, poesie, Ciuni, Palermo, 1940
•Gli affatturati, Mondadori, Milano, 1955
•Passione di Rosa, 1958
•Viaggio di una sconosciuta ed altri racconti, 1963
•La vigna delle uve nere, Rizzoli, Milano, 1967
•La signora di Cariddi, Rizzoli, Milano, 1971
•La stella Assenzio, Vallecchi, 1985
•La mafia alle mie spalle, Mondadori, Milano, 1991

Read More:
1. Treccani, http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/livia-de-stefani/
2. F.I.D.A.P.A., http://www.fidapa.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=145:livia-de-stefani&catid=910:distretto-sicilia&Itemid=46

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