Elena Ferrante Talks Anonymity

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The London Review Bookshop has published a letter pseudonymous writer Elena Ferrante wrote to her publisher before the publication of her first novel in 1991 that sort of explains why she wants to remain anonymous:

I’ve already done enough for this long story: I wrote it. If the book is worth anything, that should be sufficient.

For her it does seem to be sufficient, despite the odds against literary success in the crowded digital age.


Kelly Lynn Thomas reads, writes, and sometimes sews in Pittsburgh, PA. Her creative work has appeared in Sou’wester, Thin Air Magazine, Heavy Feather Review, metazen, and others, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University. She is hopelessly obsessed with Star Wars and can always be found with a large mug of tea. She also runs the very small Wild Age Press. Read more at kellylynnthomas.com. More from this author →