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About the Author: Anna Banti

Anna Banti is the pseudonym of Lucia Lopresti, an Italian biographer, critic, and author of fiction. Much of her fiction has a central theme of women's struggles for equal opportunity.

Banti graduated from the University of Rome. She directed the literary section of the magazine Paragone and took on direction of the art section after the death of her husband, famous art critic Roberto Longhi.

Her most famous work is Artemisia, based on life of seventeenth-century painter Artemisia Gentileschi, written when she was 52 years old.

Banti died in Ronchi di Massa, Italy, at the age of 90.


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Paperback, Published in Apr 2002 by Modern Language Association of America

ISBN10: 0873527917 | ISBN13: 9780873527910

Page count: 204

Greatly influenced by writers ranging from Dickens and Proust to Woolf and Colette, Anna Banti was a prominent figure on the Italian literary scene from the 1940s until her death in 1985. The five tales in ""La signorina" e altri racconti" display her talent across many genres--fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery.

Banti's stories portray the ageless conflict between the expectations of society and the aspirations of the individual. In "Vocazioni indistinte," the young Ofelia becomes a pianist after her marriage prospects fail, but self-doubt turns her success into miserable mediocrity. In the futuristic "Le donne muoiono," men acquire a new evolutionary ability; women, lacking that ability, are consigned to the status of an inferior race. "Joveta di Betania," set in the time of the Crusades, follows the daughter of King Baldwin II of Jerusalem as she escapes to a life of seclusion as an abbess--a life that becomes for her a source of proud freedom and deep bitterness. In "I velieri," a young boy creates an imaginary world from an uncertain childhood memory. "La signorina" tells of a young woman who eventually finds herself, as a writer.

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