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Giulia Niccolai

Updated: 2017-02-02T19:13Z

Giulia Niccolai (born 1934) is an Italian photographer, poet, novelist and translator.[1]

The daughter of an Italian father and an American mother, she was born in Milan and grew up in both Italy and the United States. During the 1950s, she began working as a photojournalist for various Italian, European and American publications,[1] including Life, Paris Match and Der Spiegel.[2] In the late 1960s, she quit professional photography to focus on writing. She was a member of the neo-avant-garde group of writers known as Gruppo 63.[1] She produced her first book of poetry Humpty Dumpty, written in English, in 1969. In 1970, with Adriano Spatola, she founded the poetry journal Tam Tam[2]

Niccolai published her one and only novel Il grande angolo in 1966. In 1974, she published Poema & Oggetto, a collection of visual poetry. During the 1980s, she became interested in Eastern philosophy, spending time in Japan and becoming a Buddhist nun in 1990. In 1994, she published a collection of poems Frisbees--Poesie da lanciare, which won the Premio Feronia.[1]

Niccolai has also translated the works of American and English writers into Italian.[1]

Selected works


  • Greenwich (1971)
  • Poema & Oggetto (1974, 2nd edition 2014)
  • Facsimile (1976)
  • Russky salad ballads & webster poems (1977)
  • Harry's bar e altre poesie, 1969-1980 (1981) introduction by Giorgio Manganelli
  • Frisbees. Poesie da Lanciare (1981)
  • Orienti/Orients (2004)
  • Poemi & Oggetti (2012) ed. by Milli GRaffi, introduction by Stefano Bartezzaghi
  • Pubblico & Privato (2016) bilingual introduction by Alessandro Giammei[3]



  • La nave nel prato (The Ship in the Fields) (1972), children's literature
  • Esoterico biliardo (2001), memoir[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Giulia Niccolai (1934-)". Italian Women Writers. University of Chicago. 
  2. ^ a b Marrone, Gaetana; Puppa, Paolo (2006). Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies. pp. 1286–88. ISBN 1135455309. 
  3. ^ a b c "Editions of Works". Italian Women Writers. University of Chicago. 

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