Lila, played by Ludovica Nasti (right) in the HBO production of Elena Ferrante’s My Beautiful Friend.
Half-wild Lyra from Northern Lights was the first female character who felt real to Jane Gleeson-White. Then she met Elena Ferrante’s ‘ferocious, filthy, quicksilver’ Lila, a more complex version.
Gaia Girace and Margherita Mazzucco in the television adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s novel My Brilliant Friend (2018)
In her new essay collection, Elena Ferrante tells the compelling story of her reading and writing life, and the battle between form and wildness.
The Netflix adaptation of Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter explores motherhood as complexly as the book, but some things get lost in translation.
The White Lotus is a tense, new drama about the lives of the rich and privileged, set in a Hawaiian resort. But the protagonists are not lying around reading airport novels.
The social network website Goodreads provides insight into what some women are reading.
The books Goodreads users read more often than are assigned in university tend to be by women writers and to feature strong female protagonists.
My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante, is now a successful television series.
How important is the identity of an author? Can a novelist ever really ‘become’ someone else?
A wax model of Ernest Hemingway at Madame Tussauds in New York.
Bob Dylan is now a literary celebrity. And next week, the Booker Prize judges will anoint another. The tag is still chiefly attached to men but women authors shouldn’t despair: fame and good writing can be uneasy bedfellows.
The gender of the writer can cause some readers to change their analysis of a novel.
The unmasking of Charlotte Brontë changed the way that her books were read.
One of the questions most discussed on Italian social media is whether the same thing would have happened to a male writer who had made the same choice for privacy.
In her novels, in numerous articles and in correspondence, Elena Ferrante has chosen to depict the world from a female point of view. She has always claimed that the woman’s gaze is decisive.
The acclaimed Neapolitan series.
The unmasking of the real author of the Neapolitan series was an act of vandalism.
Elena Ferrante’s searing portraits of women have won her international acclaim, though very little is known about the author herself.
Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has been called “one of the great novelists of our time” and her Neapolitan novel cycle “an unconditional masterpiece”. But the author herself remains an intangible figure.