Grazia Maria Cosima Damiana Deledda (September 28, 1871 –August 15, 1936) was an Italian writer who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. She was the first Italian woman to receive this honor.
The life, customs, and traditions of the Sardinian people are prominent in her writing. She relies heavily on geographical description and details and her work is most often concerned with transgressions.
Many of her characters are social outcasts that struggle in silence and isolation. Deledda’s whole work is based on strong facts of love, pain and death upon which rests the feeling of sin and of an inevitable fatality.
In Deledda’s novels there is always a strong connection between places and people, feelings and environment.
Deledda has not gained much recognition as a feminist writer potentially due to her themes of women’s pain and suffering as opposed to women’s autonomy. She died in Rome at the age of 64 of breast cancer.