Giulio Einaudi

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Giulio Einaudi (Italian pronunciation: [ˈdʒuljo eiˈnaudi]) (January 2, 1912 – April 5, 1999) was an Italian book publisher. The eponymous company that he founded in 1933 became "a European wellspring of fine literature, intellectual thought and political theory"[1] and was once considered the most prestigious publishing house in Italy.[2] He was also the author of books on literature, history, philosophy, art and science.[1]


Giulio Einaudi was born in Dogliani (Province of Cuneo), the son of Luigi Einaudi, future president of the Italian Republic,[3] and his wife Ida.

He attended the Massimo d'Azeglio liceo classico, and became a student of anti-fascist Augusto Monti.

On November 15, 1933, he founded the publishing house Giulio Einaudi Editore, located on the third floor of Via Arcivescovado 7 in Turin (the same building that had hosted Antonio Gramsci's Ordine Nuovo).

In 1994, Einaudi's company was taken over by Mondadori, a publishing conglomerate controlled by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.[3] After working 64 years in the publishing business, Einaudi retired on September 4, 1997, aged 85, and died in Rome at the age of 87.

His son is the pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi.


  1. ^ a b Wolfgang Saxon. "Giulio Einaudi, Italian Author And Publisher, Is Dead at 87", The New York Times (Archives), April 7, 1999.
  2. ^ Robert Lumley, "Einaudi", in Gino Moliterno (ed.), Encyclopedia of Contemporary Italian Culture, Routledge, 2002, p. 276.
  3. ^ a b Anne Hanley, "Obituary: Giulio Einaudi", The Independent, April 19, 1999.