The outing of Elena Ferrante and the power of naming

She is one of our greatest living writers. And for 25 years, she has been publishing under a name that is not her own. Until some man outed her.

What's in a name?
(Image credit: Photo composite | Images courtesy KUCO / Alamy Stock Photo)

Elena Ferrante is one of our greatest living writers. She has also, for two and a half decades, been publishing under a name that is not her own: Elena Ferrante is a pseudonym.

No one knew who the "real" Elena Ferrante was until this week, when a journalist who, perhaps in an eager bid to make a name for himself, tracked her down using financial records and seems to have exposed her real identity. (I will not reveal the name he suggested here.)

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us