Domenico Starnone (born 1943) is an Italian writer, screenwriter and journalist.
Born in Saviano, near Naples, he has worked for several newspapers and satirical magazines, including L'Unità, Il Manifesto, Tango, and Cuore, usually about episodes of his life as a high school teacher. He also works as screenwriter.
One of his fictional books is Via Gemito, which won the Premio Strega in 2001. It was suggested in 2006 that the mysterious writer Elena Ferrante, author of L'amore molesto and I giorni dell'abbandono, is Starnone himself. In a collection of interviews, the Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey, Ferrante addresses these speculations; she writes that in relation to the speculation that Ferrante is likely to be Starnone, due to her anonymity, and his feeling 'tired of everyone asking if he's' Ferrante', she expresses 'That he's right and I feel guilty. But I hold him in great esteem and I'm certain that he understands my motivations. My identity, my sex can be found in my writing. Everything that has sprouted up around that is yet more evidence of the character of Italians in the first years of the twenty-first century.'
- Ex cattedra (1988)
- Il salto con le aste (1989)
- Segni d'oro (1990)
- Fuori registro (1991)
- Sottobanco (1992)
- Eccesso di zelo (1993)
- Appunti sulla maleducazione di un insegnante volenteroso (1995)
- Denti (1996)
- La retta via (1997)
- Via Gemito (2000)
- Prima esecuzione (2007)
- Lacci (Ties, 2014)
- Scherzetto ("Little Trick"), 2016
- Galella, Luigi (November 23, 2006). "Ferrante è Starnone. Parola di computer". L'Unità. The author points out marked similarities in style between the two writers, also supported by computer analysis.
- Goldstein, Ann. (2016). Frantumaglia. Europa Editions UK. pp. Section 3. Chapter 5. Never Lower Your Guard. ISBN 978-1-60945-304-6. OCLC 1035130925.
- Rachael Donadio (March 9, 2017). "Domenico Starnone's New Novel Is Also a Piece in the Elena Ferrante Puzzle". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2017.