Other Literary Forms
Alberto Moravia’s role as a leading figure in twentieth century Italian literature resulted from his lifelong commitment to writing prose fiction in what he described as theatrical form. A prolific author of novels, short stories, essays, film scripts, travel books, and movie reviews, Moravia achieved international respect. He collaborated with other authors and noted directors on screenplays for the more than twenty of his novels that were adapted for film. For a time he coedited the magazine Nuovi argomenti and regularly contributed articles to the Milan newspaper Corriere della sera. He also wrote a weekly movie column for L’esspresso. Moravia traveled a great deal, often meeting with significant political figures and regularly interacting with other artists. As a young author, he served as a special correspondent to the periodicals Libera Stampa and later to La gazzetta del popolo. His travel writings include volumes of exceptional quality on India, China, and Africa.