1870 - 1945
Ada Negri was born in Lodi in 1870. Coming from a very poor family
(her father was a labourer and her mother a weaver), she can be considered
the first Italian woman writer belonging to the working class. Her poor and
lonely childhood was described in her biographical novel "Stella mattutina"(1912).
Thanks to her mother's effords Ada could study and became an elementary teacher.
Therefore, in 1888, she started to work in an elementary school in Pavia.
In this period she published her first collection of poetries entitled "Fatalità"(1892).
Thanks to this successful book, she became famous and she could start to teach
in italian secondary schools. In 1896 she married an industrialist whith whom she had
her only daughter, Bianca. Some years later they got divorced and she had a relationship
with another man; Ada wrote about this experience in her book of poetries
"Il libro di Mara" (1919),which was considered written with too confidence.