the gentlewoman

Elena Ferrante

Elena Ferrante is Italy’s best-known writer of literary fiction alive today – the author of the coruscating four-volume Neapolitan Novels that centre on two women who grew up together in Naples, and their relationship across seven decades. Only Elena Ferrante is a pseudonym. Elena Ferrante doesn’t exist. So who is Elena Ferrante? The Neapolitan Novels would suggest she was born in the 1940s or 50s. She has a degree in classics. Was married, and has children. Perhaps that is enough. Her novels have been translated into 39 languages, and have sold nearly two million copies.