MANY READERS of Italian letters will know Maria Corti. Born in Milan in 1915, she was a professor at the University of Pavia. In 1990 she received the Premio della Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri per la Letteratura. Other fiction awards include the Premio Crotone for Otranto.
Her academic publications include annotated editions of Cavalcanti, Vittorini, Fenoglio and Ennio Flaiano, as well as many other scholarly works that have earned her an international reputation as a linguist and semiotic critic.
Corti has also served as editor and co-director of important literary reviews and has written commentary for Italian national newspapers. Otranto is the first of her works to be translated into English.