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   David Leavitt
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Biography
David Leavitt was born in Pittsburgh in 1961 and grew up in Palo Alto, in California. After enrolling in Creative Composition courses at Yale university, he published his first short story in the New Yorker when he was twenty. While still a comparatively young man, he published the collection of short stories, Family Dancing: Stories, that made him famous and is now a classic in new American fiction. He did not disappoint expectations after this precocious and fortunate debut. Endowed with a refined and precise writing style in describing the originality of normality, he is considered the most important representative of the Minimalism of the Eighties.
In 1987 he published his first novel Lost Language of Crane, followed by about ten other books all published in Italy by Mondadori. The subjects addressed in later books are clearly referred to in his early works; decay of the traditional family, cancer as a metaphor for a disintegrating world, homosexuality and the gay universe of young American liberals. Crossing swords with the American literary world, which Leavitt accuses of being superficial and opportunist, the author decided to leave the United States and lived for a number of years in a small village in Maremma, in Italy. He now lives in Gainesville, and teaches Creative Literature at the University of Florida.
 
Comments about him

"Like Maupassant and Stevenson, Leavitt has the ability to describe an entire existential situation in a few words. He also has the diabolical capability to use this skill rarely, without overloading the texts and only brightening it up here and there, every three or four pages, with the precise touch of a great storyteller, gratifying the reader but sating him completely. This is how he keeps readers wanting more".
Luigi Sampietro, Il Sole 24 Ore

"Leavitt does not attract readers only for extra-literary reasons, but rather thanks to his skill in handling characters and stories as well as his ability in presenting those he progressively introduces from various points of view".
Grazia Casagrande, Alice.it
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