Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

Though Natalia Ginzburg is known primarily as a novelist and short-story writer, she was also a talented dramatist, essayist, and poet. She published two collections of plays, Ti ho sposato per allegria, e altre commedie (1967; I married you for the fun of it, and other comedies) and Paese di mar, e altre commedie (1973; sea town, and other comedies), some of which have been performed in London and New York. Her three volumes of essays and articles, Le piccole virtù (1962; The Little Virtues, 1985), Mai devi domandarmi (1970; Never Must You Ask Me, 1973), and Vita immaginaria (1974; imaginary life), range over a wide variety of subjects, including literary and film criticism. Her scholarly biography of the family of Italy’s greatest novelist of the nineteenth century, La famiglia Manzoni (1983; The Manzoni Family, 1987), has won critical acclaim. Her poetry has been published in various newspapers and literary reviews.