Adelphi Edizioni

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Adelphi Edizioni S.p.A.
Founded 1962
Founder Luciano Foà and Roberto Olivetti
Country of origin Italy
Headquarters location Milan
Key people Roberto Calasso (owner)
Publication types Books
Official website

Adelphi Edizioni is a publishing house in Milan, Italy that specializes in works of fiction, philosophy and science and in classics translated into Italian.


Adelphi Edizioni S.p.A. was founded in 1962 by Luciano Foà and Roberto Olivetti. It has published works by several famous Italian and international authors and a literary magazine called Adelphiana. Adelphi is owned by Roberto Calasso.[1]

Adephi started by publishing a critical edition of Nietzsche in collaboration with Éditions Gallimard and Walter de Gruyter that the established Italian publisher Giulio Einaudi editore had declined to take on.[2]

Adelphi has been associated with promoting Middle-European culture from the 1970s onwards [2][3] and published works by contemporary authors that had not received recognition elsewhere.[3][4]

Works in translation[edit]

Adelphi's translated publications include works by Nietzsche, Robert Walser, Georges Simenon, Nabokov, Somerset Maugham, Tolkien, Gottfried Benn, Jack London, Jorge Luis Borges, Elias Canetti, Oliver Sacks, Bruce Chatwin and Milan Kundera. Bestsellers have included 101 Zen Stories and The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

Italian authors[edit]

Italian authors Adelphi has published include Roberto Calasso, Leonardo Sciascia, Benedetto Croce, Mario Brelich, Tommaso Landolfi, Goffredo Parise, Ennio Flaiano, Giorgio Manganelli, Alberto Savinio, Giorgio Colli, Anna Maria Ortese, and Salvatore Niffoi (winner of the 2006 Premio Strega).

Scientific books[edit]

Adelphi's scientific publications started in 1977 with Gregory Bateson's Steps to an Ecology of Mind


  1. ^ Koski, Lorna (5 November 2015). "Roberto Calasso's Views on Publishing, Writing — and Baudelaire". WWD. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Stefano Paolo L'Italia ignorava l' Oriente, lo scoprimmo noi, interview with Roberto Calasso, in Corriere della Sera, May 3rd, 2010, p.31
  3. ^ a b Paolo Di Stefano (2010) Potresti anche dirmi grazie p.86-7
  4. ^ Heyman, Stephen (4 November 2015). "Roberto Calasso, Italy's Publishing Maestro". New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 17 February 2017. 

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