Dr. Elisa Bolchi is a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Reading and she is the P.I. of the ItalianWoolf Progect. She has worked extensively on the reception of Virginia Woolf in Italy and on Anglo-Italian literary relationships. On this theme she has already published the books Il paese della bellezza Virginia Woolf nelle riviste italiane tra le due guerre (Milan 2007), studying the reception of Woolf in literary periodicals, and L’indimenticabile artista Lettere e appunti sulla storia editoriale di Virginia Woolf in Mondadori (Milan 2015), which tells the background of the first Italian editions of Woolf’s novels through unpublished editorial letters. She is founding member and vice-president of the Italian Virginia Woolf Society and has taught English literature at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, for several years. Other subjects of her research are Richard Aldington, Ian McEwan and Jeanette Winterson, mainly investigating such themes as Italian reception, archival studies, re-writing and ecocritical writing. She is a member of the CBCP – Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing.

Prof. Daniela La Penna is Head of the Department of Languages and Cultures, Research Division Leader for Modern Languages and Linguistics (2017 to 2019) and Departmental Director of Postgraduate Studies and the Programme Director of the MRes in Modern Languages (2010-2017) at the University of ReadingShe is a leading expert in Italian periodical studies and has published extensively in the fields of translation studies with a publishing history approach, women’s writing, and Anglo-Italian cultural relations. She was Co-I in the Leverhulme-funded, “Diasporic Literary Archives Project”, which brought together leading archives such as UREAD’s Special Collections, University of Pavia’s Centro Manoscritti, IMEC, the Beinecke Library at Yale, the National archives of Namibia and several archives in the Caribbean, to reflect on best practice for the preservation of endangered archives. La Penna was also P-I on the Art and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)-funded project “Mapping Literary Space: Publishers, Intellectuals and Literary Journals in Italy 1940-1960”. Since 2016 she  has been Senior Co-Editor of international peer-reviewed journal the Italianist.   Since 2015, she  has been the lead on the Choose Italian national campaign.

Dr. Nicola Wilson is Associate Professor at the Department of English in the School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading. She has worked extensively in publishing history with projects on the Book Society (P-I, British Academy) and the Impact and Distribution of Reading Patterns of British fiction (C-I, AHRC). She has written extensively on publishers’ and digital archives, literary censorship, and Leonard and Virginia Woolf’s Hogarth Press. She has published widely on literary history and print culture and her work is underscored by issues of feminism and class, which are particularly relevant to my project. She is the co-Director of the Modernist Archives Publishing Project – MAPP and co-founder with Prof. La Penna of the Research Centre for Book Cultures and Publishing.


The following people contributed to the realisation of this Database either by sending their own work or by sending the metadata of specific entries. Everyone can contribute to the project by writing to Elisa Bolchi: e.bolchi@reading.ac.uk.

Letizia Belli

Giuseppe Carrara

Cristina Carluccio

Savina Stevanato

Sara Sullam

Noemi Veneziani