Author Talks: Cesare Pavese and America

Cesare Pavese
September 27, 2018
4:30 pm-7:00 pm

The UMass Amherst Italian Studies Program and the Libraries host a panel discussion to celebrate the acquisition of an important collection of Cesare Pavese's books, a gift from Lawrence G. Smith, author of Cesare Pavese and America

At the time of his death Pavese (1908-1950) was one of Italy's best-known writers. A poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator, he had been profoundly influenced in his early years by American literature. As a scholar and translator, he introduced Italian readers to Melville's Moby-Dick, and to several other American authors.


Lawrence G. Smith: “'To Connie, who understands, from Cesare.'  Four books inscribed by Pavese to Constance Dowling."

Mark Pietralunga: : “'To my dear, dear Buddy in America, who let me in a new world': Revisiting the First Chapter of Pavese's Discovery of America”

Geoffrey Brock: "Into a Rhythm: Translating Pavese's Poetry into English"

Andrea Malaguti: "First Love, Last Rites: Cesare Pavese and the Film Imagery"

Co-sponsors: Dean's Office, Humanities and Fine Arts; Italian Studies Program; Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; UMass Amherst Libraries; UMass Press.