Corrado Alvaro (1895–1956) was born in San Luca di Calabria. He studied literature and philosophy at the University of Milan and then went into journalism. He served as an infantry officer in the First World War and was wounded. As a foreign correspondent for Italian newspapers he worked in France, Germany, Russia and the Middle East. His first books were poetry. He began to publish novels in 1926 and also wrote many short stories. Alvaro died in Rome in 1956.