Ercole Patti

Ercole Patti ( 16 February 1903 – 15 November 1976) was an Italian author, dramatist, screenwriter and journalist.

Ercole Patti
Born(1903-02-16)16 February 1903
Died15 November 1976(1976-11-15) (aged 73)

Born in Catania into an upper-middle-class family, the nephew of author Giuseppe Villaroel, Patti started working as a journalist at very young age, before graduating in law in 1925.[1] After practicing for a year in his father's firm, he decided to move to Rome where earning a living from journalism.[1] There, after some sporadic collaborations, he was employed in the newspaper Gazzetta del Popolo, where he was a foreign correspondent in China, India and Japan, among other places.[1] He got notoriety as a novelist in 1940, with Quartieri alti, a satirical portrait of Roman high classes.[1] His novels are mainly set in Rome or in a sensual Sicily, which was, according to literary critic Carlo Bo, a sort of philosophical ideal for Patti.[1]

Patti was active as a screenwriter since 1935, and a number of his novels were adapted into films. In addition to novels Patti published collections of short stories and two autobiographical works.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. l. m. (16 November 1976). "La scomparsa di Ercole Patti". La Stampa (252). p. 3.
  2. Raul Radice (27 November 1976). "Patti, o l'ottimismo" (46). TuttoLibri. p. 5.

Further reading

  • Enzo Lauretta. Invito alla lettura di Ercole Patti. Mursia, 1975.
  • Giovanni Scalia. I romanzi di Ercole Patti: saggi di psicocritica. Bonanno, 1982.
  • Sarah Zappulla Muscarà. Ercole Patti. G. Maimone, 1989. ISBN 8877510250.
  • Pietro Frassica. Ercole Patti e altro Novecento siciliano. Interlinea Ed., 2004. ISBN 8882124061.
  • Sebastiano Gesù, Laura Maccarrone. Ercole Patti: un letterato al cinema. Maimone, 2004. ISBN 8877512113.
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