Dacia Maraini (Italy). Essayist,
novelist, poet, filmmaker and playwright Dacia Maraini became
the leading spokesperson for feminism in Italy in the 1970s.
She is the author of more than fifty books, many of them available
in English translation, including Traveling in the Gait of
a Fox (Poetry 1983-1991), Memories of a She-Thief,
The Silent Duchess, Isolina, The Long Life of
Marianna Ucria, and The Age of Discontent, which won
the international prix Formentor. Early in her career, Maraini
founded the literary review Tempo di Letteratura; she
later established the all-women's theater group Teatro della
Maddellena. Born in Florence, Maraini now lives in Rome.