Life and career
He had no formal education after grade seven, when he was expelled, but read widely in philosophy and art. At an early point he became interested in avant-garde art and experimentalism. He also became close to leftist intellectuals and artists His first novel, Tre Operai (Three Workers), concerned workers issues in Naples. The book may have been a precursor to neo-realism and reportedly angered Benito Mussolini who felt there was Communism in it.
- The Two Sergeants (1936)
- Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 177: Italian Novelists since World War II, Thomson Gale (Detroit, MI), 1997.
- Encyclopedia of Italian literary studies By Gaetana Marrone, Paolo Puppa, Luca Somigli; pgs 183-185
- Censorship and literature in fascist Italy By Guido Bonsaver, pg 113