Vasco Pratolini Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Rosengarten, Frank. “A Selected Bibliography.” In Vasco Pratolini: The Development of a Social Novelist, pp. 137-38. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois Press, 1965.

Bibliography of works about Pratolini, mostly in Italian.


Rosengarten, Frank. Vasco Pratolini: The Development of a Social Novelist. Carbondale, Ill.: Southern Illinois Press, 1965.

A full-length study of Pratolini's life and works, emphasizing the evolution of social realism in his novels to 1960, including bibliography and index.


Ben-Ghiat, Ruth. “Neorealism in Italy 1930-1950: From Fascism to Resistance.” Romance Languages Annual 3 (1991): 155-59.

Summary of the literary movement that strongly affected Pratolini's work.

Kozma, Janice M. “Metaphor in Pratolini's Novels: Il quartiere and Cronache di poveri amanti.Romance Notes 20 (1980): 298-303.

A treatment of metaphorical references by a frequent contributor to Pratolini scholarship.

———. “Functions of Metaphor in Pratolini's Cronache di poveri amanti: Maciste and the Signora.” Italian Culture 3 (1981): 87-102.

Essay on Pratolini's metaphorical treatment of two major characters in Cronache di poveri amanti, emphasizing his symbolic denunciation of Italian fascism.

Pacifici, Sergio. A Guide to Contemporary Italian Literature. Cleveland, Ohio: World Publishing Company, 1962.

Overview of Pratolini's life and works.

Vittorini, Domenico. The Modern Italian Novel. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1930.

Overview of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Italian fiction.

Additional coverage of Pratolini's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Dictionary of Literary Biography, Vol. 177; Literature Resource Center; and Reference Guide to World Literature, Ed. 2.