Monday, March 14, 2016

Who is Elena Ferrante? Novelist issues denial as guessing game goes on

Marcella Marmo is latest to deny being real author of acclaimed Neapolitan novels series


Pisa. The writer Marco Santagata said certain details about the city’s university in the novels pointed to the author being Marmo. Photograph: Franco Silvi/EPA

Unmasking the true identity of the pseudonymous author Elena Ferrante has become Italy’s favourite – and increasingly farcical – literary parlour game.

The latest writer forced to deny that she is the creator of the critically acclaimed Neapolitan novels is Marcella Marmo, a professor of contemporary history at the University of Naples Federico II.

“Truly no, I am not Elena Ferrante,” she told Corriere della Sera, saying she had only read the first novel in the Neapolitan series and the newspaper should give her the other books as an apology. 

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