|Died||15 November 1976 (aged 73)|
Ercole Patti ( 16 February 1903 – 15 November 1976) was an Italian author, dramatist, screenwriter and journalist.
Born in Catania into an upper-middle-class family, the nephew of author Giuseppe Villaroel, Patti started working as a journalist at very young age, before graduating in law in 1925. After practicing for a year in his father's firm, he decided to move to Rome where earning a living from journalism. There, after some sporadic collaborations, he was employed in the newspaper Gazzetta del Popolo, where he was a foreign correspondent in China, India and Japan, among other places. He got notoriety as a novelist in 1940, with Quartieri alti, a satirical portrait of Roman high classes. His novels are mainly set in Rome or in a sensual Sicily, which was, according to literary critic Carlo Bo, a sort of philosophical ideal for Patti.
Patti was active as a screenwriter since 1935, and a number of his novels were adapted into films. In addition to novels Patti published collections of short stories and two autobiographical works.
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- Enzo Lauretta. Invito alla lettura di Ercole Patti. Mursia, 1975.
- Giovanni Scalia. I romanzi di Ercole Patti: saggi di psicocritica. Bonanno, 1982.
- Sarah Zappulla Muscarà. Ercole Patti. G. Maimone, 1989. ISBN 8877510250.
- Pietro Frassica. Ercole Patti e altro Novecento siciliano. Interlinea Ed., 2004. ISBN 8882124061.
- Sebastiano Gesù, Laura Maccarrone. Ercole Patti: un letterato al cinema. Maimone, 2004. ISBN 8877512113.