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Grazia Deledda was born in 1871 in Nuoro, Sardinia. She had a limited formal education, but was an avid reader. She published her first story in 1886, when she was fifteen, in a newspaper in Nuoro. In 1899 she left Nuoro and went to Cagliari, and a year later moved to Rome. Deledda wrote thirty-three novels and many books of short stories, almost all of them set in Sardinia. In 1926 she became the second woman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. She died in 1936.