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Born in Bologna, Pasolini spent most of his childhood at his mother's birthplace in Friuli, where he learned the local dialect that he used in his first, last, and best poetry. He became a teacher in a local Communist party chapter, but was accused of blatant immorality in 1949, fired from his job, and expelled from the party. With his mother, he went to Rome, spending much time in the slums, mastering the Roman dialect. His novel Ragazzi di Vita (1955), based on his Roman street experience, established him as the leading neorealistic writer of the day. His second neorealistic novel, A Violent Life (1959), brought him greater success. Before long, however, he rejected neorealism and began to live for art's sake. Thereafter, except for what he called his "cat-like" nocturnal prowling for homosexual sex or love, Pasolini "did not lose a moment," as Cecelia Ross aptly said, "in his efforts to lay new directions for literature as well as for theater and television." He poured all his talents and energies into his major films, starting with The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964), which sustains the mood of Bach's music, and running through The Hawks and the Sparrows (1966), Oedipus Rex (1967), Pigsty, Medea (1970), and a trilogy made up of The Decameron (1970), Canterbury Tales (1971), and Arabian Nights (1974). Throughout his works, Pasolini explored the culture and language of the outcasts living in the shabby Roman periphery. Shortly before he died, Pasolini published a revised and enlarged edition of his dialect poems, La nuova gioventu (The New Youth) (1975). Pasolini was murdered by being run over several times with his own car, dying on 2 November 1975 on the beach at Ostia, near Rome. Pasolini was buried in Casarsa. (Bowker Author Biography)
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The Ragazzi 545 copies, 5 reviews
A Violent Life (Author) 366 copies, 4 reviews
Scritti corsari (Author) 231 copies, 2 reviews
Petrolio 201 copies
Theorem 186 copies, 6 reviews
La Dolce Vita [1960 film] (Screenwriter) 175 copies, 6 reviews
The Scent of India (Author) 142 copies, 6 reviews
Lettere luterane 119 copies
Poems 118 copies, 3 reviews
Le ceneri di Gramsci 81 copies, 2 reviews
A dream of something 74 copies, 3 reviews
The Gospel According to St. Matthew [1964 film] (Director) 56 copies, 2 reviews
Il caos (Author) 54 copies
Amado mio 38 copies
La lunga strada di sabbia 34 copies, 1 review
Le belle bandiere (Author) 34 copies
The Decameron [1971 film] (Director/Screenwriter) 30 copies, 2 reviews
Teorema [1968 film] (Director) 28 copies, 1 review
Medea [1970 film] (Director) 25 copies, 1 review
Arabian Nights [1974 film] (Director/Screenwriter) 19 copies, 3 reviews
Mamma Roma [1962 film] (Director/Screenwriter) 19 copies, 4 reviews
Accattone [1961 film] 17 copies, 1 review
IL FASCISMO DEGLI ANTIFASCISTI 14 copies, 2 reviews
Teatro 14 copies
Oedipus Rex [1967 film] (Director) 13 copies
Album Pasolini 11 copies
Novelle del novecento: an anthology (Contributor) 10 copies
Calderon 10 copies
Affabulazione 8 copies
Porcile 8 copies, 2 reviews
Nueva York 7 copies
Poeta de las Cenizas 7 copies, 2 reviews
Orgiat 6 copies
I dialoghi 6 copies
Poesie scelte 5 copies
Nebulosa 4 copies
Sonnets 4 copies
Ro.Go.Pa.G. [1963 film] (Director) 4 copies
Orgia 3 copies
The Decameron 3 copies
Poesie scelte 3 copies
The Grim Reaper [1962 film] (Screenwriter) 3 copies
La rage 3 copies
Per Il Cinema 3 copies
Vredens år 2 copies
Ostia [1970 film] (Screenwriter) 2 copies, 1 review
20 poesie 2 copies
Indien 2 copies
Askens poet 2 copies
Mamma Roma 2 copies
La ricotta 2 copies, 1 review
Per il cinema 2 copies
La nebbiosa 2 copies
Porcherie 2 copies
Teorema 1 copy
MEDEA 1 copy
Porcile 1 copy
Teorema 1 copy
A hora depois do sonho 1 copy, 1 review
Amado mio 1 copy
San Paolo 1 copy
Pilad 1 copy
Poetry 1 copy
Rom, Rom 1 copy, 1 review
Il vantone 1 copy
Mamma Roma 1 copy
A nebulosa 1 copy
Pylade 1 copy
Antologia 1 copy
Ragazzi 1 copy
Invisible Cities (Afterword, some editions) 8,335 copies, 184 reviews
The Penguin Book of Homosexual Verse (Contributor) 212 copies, 2 reviews
India in Mind (Contributor) 71 copies, 2 reviews
Dark Ages Clasp the Daisy Root #6 (Contributor) 2 copies

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