The Nobel Prize in Literature 1926
(pen-name of Grazia Madesani, née Deledda)
Born: 27 September 1871, Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy
Died: 15 August 1936, Rome, Italy
Residence at the time of the award: Italy
Prize motivation: "for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general"
Grazia Deledda received her Nobel Prize one year later, in 1927.
Prize share: 1/1
Grazia Deledda was born in a small town in Sardinia. Though she had little schooling, she started to write at an early age, getting inspiration from the natural surroundings and the life of the peasants. Her first novel was 'Fior di Sardegna' ('Flower of Sardinia'), published in 1892. She married young and moved to Rome, but continued her writing, portraying the harsh life in Sardinia, combining the imaginary and the autobiographical. Most of her novels criticize moral norms and social values, but do not criticize the people, who are victims of the circumstances.