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Indeed, many literary historians believe that she had been posed to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in and lost it to Grazia Deledda only because of Serao’s failure to align herself matildf her newspaper evntre with the policies of the Fascist regime. Serao was born in Greece of an Italian father, Francesco Serao, who had emigrated from Naples after the turmoil ofand a Greek mother, Paolina Borrely.

Her family returned to Italy inand Serao would pass almost the whole of her life in Naples. There she received her teacher’s diploma and started work for the state telegraph.

Her preoccupation in her early works with employment opportunities for lower and middle-class women stems from her understanding of the lives of working women and the deplorable working conditions to which they were subjected.

Serao moved to Rome in the earlier ‘s to work for a newspaper and there met Edoardo Scarfogliowho would become her husband in and who was her journalistic collaborator for many years.

Some sources cite as the year of her marriage. Serao returned to Naples with Scarfoglio after the failure of their newspaper “Il corriere di Roma. Serao eventually had another child at the age of 48 with her lover, a Neapolitan lawyer. Ddi is generally agreed that her separation from Scarfoglio allowed the conservative Serao to become ventr more liberal in her political views, since she no longer felt the need to echo her husband’s reactionary political line.


After their separation, Serao started her own newspapers, La Settimana and Il Giornothe first Italian woman to accomplish such a feat.

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Serao ran Il Giorno until vetnre death in She died as she lived, sitting at her desk. Serao wrote in many different genres and on a variety of subjects.

Matildr innumerable journalistic works include articles on the south of Italy, and Naples in particular, on poverty, work opportunity for women, fashion, literature, and society, to name a few. She wrote dozens of novels and stories, and they also run the spectrum of genres.

Her first novels such as Cuore infermo; Addio, amore! However, they break with tradition in that the real subject of their story is not the heterosexual love affair, but the relationship between the opposing female selves.

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They are also unique in their lack of a typical happy ending. The most acclaimed of Serao’s works are undoubtedly those that adhere to a severe realism that liken her to the writers of Verismo.

In these works Serao exposes the social ills of southern Italy: What are perhaps her two best-known novels are of this stamp: Il ventre di Napoliwhich discusses the government’s failure to aid the Neapolitan people during a cholera epidemic, and Il paese di Cuccagnawhich examines the devastation wrought mahilde the Neapolitan lotto on the lives of the participants.

Her later works are both melodramatic and Gothic examples are Il delitto di via Chiatamone; La mano tagliata, and were ignored or sharply criticized when they first appeared. Her last novel, the anti-war Mors tuawas published the year she lost the Nobel Prize, and is considered mailde some to be the cause. The vehtre tradition surrounding Serao has been as ambiguous as her own writings.

Extremely famous in her own lifetime, she was ignored for many decades after her death.


One of the most common criticisms of Serao’s works is that they do not take their social criticism mstilde enough, a criticism that has often been made ventde Serao herself. Indeed, much has been made over the fact that, for all her awareness of the problem of female identity in patriarchal society, for all her understanding of her own exceptionality as a woman writer, Serao was publicly anti-feminist.

Even though women were the subject of venyre novels and the audience, she did not use her position at her newspapers to better their situation, but wrote against feminist causes such as suffrage. Similarly, critics have argued that despite her presentation of social ills in her novels, she did not condemn their causes or suggest ways to rectify them.

And although she did publish some anti-fascist pieces in her newspaper, at risk to herself and her paper’s survival, she also reconciled with Mussolini and met with him several times during her life. More recently, critics have re-validated her works by looking away serqo her political impegno and toward her portrayal of women.

Following a biography by Anna Venntre in Serao’s critical star has continued to rise. Dizionario della letteratura italiana. A Bio-Bibliographical Source Book. Matilde Serao and the Politics of Ambiguity. The Pennsylvania State University Press, Letizia Panizza and Sharon Wood. Cambridge University Press, Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana fondata da G. Istituto Editoriale Italiano, Submitted by Margaret E. Kern, The University of Chicago, Produced by the University of Chicago Library.

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