Domenico Starnone (born 1943) is an Italian writer, screenwriter and journalist.
Born in Saviano, near Naples, he has worked on several newspapapers and satirical magazines, including L'Unità, Il Manifesto, Tango and Cuore, usually about episodes of his life as a high school teacher. He works also as screenwriter.
His most appreciated book is Via Gemito, which won the Premio Strega in 2001. It has been recently suggested that the mysterious writer Elena Ferrante, author of L'amore molesto and I giorni dell'abbandono, was Starnone himself.
- Ex cattedra (1988)
- Il salto con le aste (1989)
- Segni d'oro (1990)
- Fuori registro (1991)
- Sottobanco (1992)
- Eccesso di zelo (1993)
- Appunti sulla maleducazione di un insegnante volenteroso (1995)
- Denti (1996)
- La retta via (1997)
- Via Gemito (2000)
- Prima esecuzione (2007)
- Galella, Luigi (November 23, 2006). "Ferrante è Starnone. Parola di computer". L'Unità. The author points out marked similarities in style between the two writers, also supported by computer analysis.