Elena Ferrante was born in Naples. This is all we know about her. True to her belief that “books, once they are written, have no need of their authors”, Ferrante has stayed resolutely out of public view. She is the author of The Days of Abandonment, Troubling Love, and The Lost Daughter. Her Neapolitan novels include My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name, Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay, and The Story of the Lost Child. She is also the author of Frantumaglia, a collection of writings on reading, writing and absence, to be published in November 2016.