Kelly McEvers, of NPR, interviews Dayna Tortorici, of n+1 magazine, concerning the outing of the hidden identity of the Italian novelist Elena Ferrante by investigative journalist Claudio Gatti. Tortorici argues that Ferrante had a right to her privacy because as a woman writer she wanted people to focus on her books and not her life. In addition, female novelists have the burden of people focusing on their looks. Male novelists don’t have to deal with that reality.
- Elena Ferrante is the pen name of an Italian author of seven books, including the popular Naples Quartet.
- It’s about a girl from a rough neighborhood and her improbable rise to literary success.
- It first appeared in The New York Review of Books. And a lot of editors, writers and fans are not happy about this attempted outing.
“Over the weekend, an Italian financial journalist outed the identity of author Elena Ferrante, whose pseudonym lent intrigue to her bestselling novels.”