Deledda, Grazia grts? d?l?dd [key], 1875?1936, Italian novelist, b. Sardinia. Her first work, a collection of short stories, was published when she was 19. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1926. Deledda's work is lyric and in part naturalistic, and combines sympathy and humor with occasional touches of violence. Her novels include Dopo il divorzio (1902, tr. After the Divorce, 1905), Elias Portol (1903), Cenere (1904, tr. Ashes, 1908), Canne al vento [reeds in the wind] (1913), La Madre (1920, tr. The Mother, 1922), and La Fuga in Egitto [flight into Egypt] (1925).
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