Essayist, translator, writer and journalist Fernanda Pivano was born in Genova on July 18th 1917.
Her formation took place in Turin where she graduates in american literature with an essay based on Melville's Moby Dick.
The beginning of his career is dated 1943, when Einaudi published her first translation of the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters, under the advice of Cesare Pavese.
In 1949 she moved to Milan where she lives nowadays and in 1956 she went for the first time in the United States.
After translating and studying the works of the greatest american classics she promoted in Italy the writers of the beat generation. She continued to spread to italian audience and critics the young and talented american writers that soon will found the favor of the international literature scene and also the young songwriter that will be considered as the new poets.
She is author of around fourty translations, curator of anthologies, essays and memories, novels and a large amount of articles, interviews and reviews.
She has received lots of prizes and awards such as the Saint Vincent Prize for journalism (1964), Monselice Prize for translation (1975), literary Prize Giovanni Comisso (1985), Estense Prize (1998), the Grinzane Cavour (2003) and the Vittorio De Sica (2006).