Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Short Fiction Masterpieces)

As a young man Italo Svevo wrote two novels: Una vita (1892; A Life, 1963) and Senilità (1898; As a Man Grows Older, 1932). Both books were ignored by readers and critics, and Svevo confined himself to writing essays and stories until his novel La coscienza di Zeno (1923; Confessions of Zeno, 1930) won great acclaim and awakened interest in his earlier work.