|Is||Writer Linguist Screenwriter Author Novelist|
|Field||Film, TV, Stage & Radio Literature Social science|
|Birth||3 October 1922, Naples, Metropolitan city of Naples, Campania, Italy|
Raffaele La Capria (born 3 October 1922) is an Italian novelist and screenwriter, known especially for the three novels which were collected as Tre romanzi di una giornata.
La Capria was born in Naples, where he was to spend the formative years of his life. There he graduated in law, before staying in France, England and the United States and then settling in Rome. He contributed to the cultural pages of the Corriere della Sera and was co-director of the literary journal Nuovi Argomenti. A particular interest was English poetry of the 1930s: as well as writing numerous articles he translated works including T. S. Eliot's Four Quartets. In the 1950s he wrote and produced a number of radio programmes for RAI on foreign contemporary drama. In 1957 he was invited to participate in the International Seminar of Literature at Harvard University. In 1961 his novel Ferito a morte won the prestigious Premio Strega.
He worked as co-scriptwriter on a number of Francesco Rosi's films, including Le mani sulla città (1963), Uomini contro (1970) and Cristo si è fermato a Eboli (1979). In September 2001 he received a Premio Campiello lifetime achievement award and in 2005 L'estro quotidiano was selected as the winner of the Viareggio Prize for fiction.
La Capria has published more than twenty books to date.
He published his first novel, Un giorno d'impazienza, in 1952. The second, and best-known novel, Ferito a morte, came out nearly ten years later in 1961. In 1982 the three Neapolitan novels Un giorno d'impazienza, Ferito a morte and Amore e psiche (1973) were re-issued as Tre romanzi di una giornata.
His short stories include La neve del Vesuvio and the collection Fiori giapponesi (1979). His work as an essayist is represented by False partenze (1964), Il sentimento della letteratura (1974) and La mosca e la bottiglia (1996). An autobiography, Cinquant'anni di false partenze, was published in 1964.