Leonardo Sciascia was born on January 8, 1921, in Racalmuto, Sicily, the son of a sulfur miner. Completing his schooling at the Istituto Magistrale in Caltanissetta, he began teaching at an elementary school there in 1949; his first book, Favole della dittatura, a collection of fables satirizing the Fascists, appeared in 1950. During this period, he also began a career as a journalist and editor, pursued for some time concurrently with his teaching. By the mid-1950’s, Sciascia had published several more books, establishing the pattern for his prolific output. All of his works are informed by his lifelong attachment to Sicily and things Sicilian.