Born in Rome in 1923, Arturo Vivante graduated from McGill University (Montreal) before returning to the University of Rome to pursue the study of medicine. He graduated in 1949 and practiced medicine in Rome until 1958 when he ended his medical career and moved to America to pursue a career as a professional writer. Vivante has since been on the faculty of several American universities and is now retired and living in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. He won the Italian Communication Award in 1976 and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1979. Vivante's work has appeared in numerous prominent publications, including Vogue, The New York Times, London Magazine, The Guardian, The Southern Review. and most notably in the New Yorker where he has published over 70 short stories.
Though Vivante writes in English and has lived in America for much of the last 35 years. his Italian heritage has an undeniable presence in his fiction. His short stories often read like reflections or memories of a distant and foreign past that a reader of Vivante cannot help but link to the life of the transplanted author himself Vivante explained his artistic perspective to Contemporary Authors:
My writing is mainly a study of life as I've known it. I wrote to know the mystery that even a small matter holds. Through my writing I have come on some of the calmest, clearest and brightest moments of my life.
Other Works by Arturo Vivante:
A Goodly Babe (novel)
Little, Brown: 1966.
The French Girls of Killmi (short stories)
Little Brown; 1967.
Doctor Giovanni (novel)
Little, Brown; 1969.
Street Fiction, 1975.
Run to the Waterfall (short stories)
Writing. Inc.: 1980.
The Tales of Arturo Vivante
selected and with an introduction by Mary Kinzie
The Sheep Meadow Press; 1990.