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Francesca Vinciguerra (Frances Winwar)

Francesca Vinciguerra is best known for her series of romanticized biographies of 19th Century English writers.In the 1930s and 1940s, she was an outspoken opponent of Italian Fascism.


  • She attended local public schools.

    She studied at Colleges but never took a degree. Quickly mastering English and French and retaining complete fluency in Italian, she showed an early taste for literature.


  • She changed her name to Winwar, a literal translation of Vinciguerra, because her Italian name was too long to fit on the book's spine. She was a frequent translator of classic Italian works into English and published several romantic novels set during historical events.


  • La Traviata - Opera in Four Acts
  • The Decameron
  • Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada
  • The immortal lovers: Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning


Party affiliation: Democratic Party


  • Poetry Society American


  • father: Domenico Vinciguerra - singer
  • mother: Giovanna Sciglio
  • Ex-husband: Victor J. Jerome
    Communist propagandist, writer
  • Ex-husband: Bernard Grabanir
  • Ex-husband: Richard Wilson Webb
  • Ex-husband: Francis D. Lazenby
    Classics scholar and librarian at the University of Notre Dame
Francesca Vinciguerra
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Born May 3, 1900
Died July 24, 1985
(aged 85)
  • 1915 - 1916
    Hunter College
  • 1916 - 1918
    City College of New York
  • 1918 - 1920
    Columbia University
  • 1923 - 1925
    Staff book reviewer, The newspaper New York World
    New York, USA
  • 1923 - 1930
    Executive secretary, Leonardo da Vinci Art School
    New York, USA
  • 1934 - 1936
    lecturer, Victorian literature figures
  • 1942 - 1945
    visiting professor, University Kansas City
    Missouri, United States


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  • Works
    • book: The immortal lovers: Elizabeth Barrett & Robert Browning
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    • book: The Eagle and the Rock
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    • book: The last love of Camille
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    • book: Wingless Victory A Dual Biography of Gabriele d'Annunzio and Eleanore Duse
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    • book: The Haunted Palace: A Life Of Edgar Allan Poe
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    • book: Jean-Jacques Rousseau ; Conscience of an Era
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    • book (translation): La Traviata - Opera in Four Acts
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    • book (translation): The Decameron
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