Corrado Alvaro

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BornCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_1_0 (1895-04-15)15 April 1895

San Luca, ItalyCorrado Alvaro_cell_0_1_1

DiedCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_2_0 11 June 1956(1956-06-11) (aged 61)

Rome, ItalyCorrado Alvaro_cell_0_2_1

OccupationCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_3_0 Journalist and writer of novels, short stories, screenplays and playsCorrado Alvaro_cell_0_3_1
LanguageCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_4_0 ItalianCorrado Alvaro_cell_0_4_1
NationalityCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_5_0 ItalianCorrado Alvaro_cell_0_5_1
GenreCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_6_0 VerismoCorrado Alvaro_cell_0_6_1
Notable worksCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_7_0 Gente in Aspromonte (Revolt in Aspromonte)Corrado Alvaro_cell_0_7_1
Notable awardsCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_8_0 Strega Prize (Premio Strega) in 1951Corrado Alvaro_cell_0_8_1
WebsiteCorrado Alvaro_header_cell_0_9_0

Corrado Alvaro (15 April 1895 in San Luca – 11 June 1956 in Rome) was an Italian journalist and writer of novels, short stories, screenplays and plays. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_0

He often used the verismo style to describes the hopeless poverty in his native Calabria. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_1

His first success was Gente in Aspromonte (Revolt in Aspromonte), which examined the exploitation of rural peasants by greedy landowners in Calabria, and is considered by many critics to be his masterpiece. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_2

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He was born in San Luca, a small village in the southernmost region of Calabria. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_3

His father Antonio was a primary school teacher and founded an evening school for farmers and illiterate shepherds. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_4

Alvaro was educated at Jesuit boarding schools in Rome and Umbria. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_5

He graduated with a degree in literature in 1919 at the University of Milan and began working as a journalist and literary critic for two daily newspapers, Il Resto di Carlino of Bologna and the Corriere della Sera of Milan. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_6

He served as an officer in the Italian army during World War I. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_7

After being wounded in both arms, he spend a long time in military hospitals. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_8

After the war he worked as a correspondent in Paris (France) for the anti-Fascist paper Il Mondo of Giovanni Amendola. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_9

In 1925, he supported the Manifesto of the Anti-Fascist Intellectuals written by the philosopher Benedetto Croce. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_10

In 1926 he published his first novel L'uomo nel labirinto (Man in the Labyrinth), which explored the growth of Fascism in Italy in the 1920s. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_11

A staunch democrat with strong anti-Fascist views, Alvaro's politics made him the target of surveillance of Mussolini's Fascist regime. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_12

He was forced to leave Italy and during the 1930s he traveled widely in western Europe, the Middle East, and the Soviet Union. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_13

Journeys he later recounted in his travel essays. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_14

L'uomo è forte (1938; Man Is Strong), written after a trip in the Soviet Union, is a defense of the individual against the oppression of totalitarianism. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_15

After World War II Alvaro returned to Italy. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_16

He again worked for prominent daily newspapers as special correspondent, theater and film critic, and editor. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_17

He was elected secretary of the Italian Association of Writers in 1947, a post he held until his death in Rome in 1956. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_18

He is buried in Vallerano. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_19

Literary career Corrado Alvaro_section_1

Initially, Alvaro's literary efforts did not enjoy great success. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_20

Critics praised his first novel L'uomo nel labirinto (Man in the Labyrinth) for its portrayal of alienation of individuals and society as a whole. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_21

His subsequent works, L'amata alla finestra, Gente in Aspromonte, La signora dell'isola, and Vent'anni established him as an important writer. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_22

A jury that included the noted Italian novelist Luigi Pirandello awarded him a prize of 50,000 lire given by the newspaper La Stampa in 1931 for Gente in Aspromonte. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_23

In 1951 he won the Strega Prize (Premio Strega) – Italy's most prestigious literary award – for his novel Quasi una vita. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_24

Alvaro is noted for his realistic, epic depictions of the Italian poor. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_25

His later work portrayed the contrasts between a yearning for the simple, pastoral way of life, and the aspiration to achieve material success that attracts people to the city. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_26

He was one of the first authors to mention the 'Ndrangheta – the mafia-style criminal association in his native Calabria – in several short stories and in an article published in the Corriere della Sera in 1955. Corrado Alvaro_sentence_27

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Alvaro.