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Mario Soldati

Biography

Mario Soldati was born in Turin in 1906. He initially considered becoming a Jesuit after going to a Jesuit school but changed his mind. He studied art history at the University of Turin and then won a fellowship in art history to Columbia University in 1929. His first volume of stories was published the same year. He came back to Italy when he could not get a permanent teaching position but returned two years later which led to his collection of essays America primo amore [America First Love]. He published his first novel in 1937 but did not publish another one for seventeen years. After the success of this one – Le lettere da Capri (The Capri Letters) – he published several more, as well as short stories and journalism. In Italy he is best known as a successful film scriptwriter and director. He has made over thirty films, many of which have been successful in Italy. He also hosted two successful TV series on wine and food, which made him famous throughout Italy. He died in 1999.

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Bibliography

1924 Pilato. Tre atti
1929 Salmace. Novelle
1935 24 ore in uno studio cinematografico, as Franco Pallavera
1935 America primo amore
1941 La verità sul caso Motta, seguito da cinque racconti
1943 L’amico gesuita. Racconti
1947 Fuga in Italia. Seguito da varie poesie
1950 A cena col commendatore (The Commander Comes to Dine; Dinner with the Commendatore)
1953 L’accalappiacani
1954 Le lettere da Capri (The Capri Letters)
1955 La confessione (The Confession)
1957 I racconti
1957 II vero Silvestri (The Real Silvestri)
1959 La messa dei villeggianti
1961 I racconti 1927-1947
1962 Storie di spettri
1962 Canzonette e viaggio televiso
1964 Le due città (The Malacca Cane)
1966 La busta arancione (The Orange Envelope)
1967 I racconti del maresciallo
1968 Fuori
1969 Fuga in Italia e altri racconti
1969 Vino al vino
1970 L’attore
1970 I disperati del benessere; Viaggio in Svezia
1971 55 novelle per l’inverno
1971 Vino al vino. Seconda serie
1972 Viaggio nella terra dei diamanti
1973 Un prato di papaveri. Diario 1947-1964
1973 Da spettatore
1974 Lo smeraldo (The Emerald)
1974 Il tolipo e i pirati (The Octopus and the Pirates)
1975 Lo specchio inclinato. Diario 1965-1971
1977 La sposa Americana (The American Bride)
1979 Piemonte e Valle d’Aosta, with Folco Quilici
1979 Addio diletta Amelia
1979 44 novelle per l’estate
1980 La carta del cielo
1981 L’incendio
1982 La casa del perchè
1982 Lo scopone
1984 Nuovi racconti del maresciallo
1984 Sua maestà il Po
1985 L’architetto
1986 Ah! il Mundial: Storia dell’inaspettabile
1986 L’avventura in Valtellina
1986 Cinque novelle
1987 El Paseo de Gracia
1987 Regione regina
1989 Rami secchi
1991 Opere. Racconti autobiografici
1992 Opere. Romanzi brevi
1994 Le sere
1999 Un viaggio a Lourdes
2005 La giacca verde
2005 Da leccarsi i baffi. Memorabili viaggi in Italia alla scoperta del cibo e del vino genuino
2006 Cinematografo
2006 Natale e Satana e altri racconti
2006 Il padre degli orfani
2006 Un sorso di Gattinara e altri racconti
2006 Amori miei
2008 Orta mia e altre pagine novaresi e piemontesi disperse
2009 Boccaccino
2009 Corrispondenti di guerra