Cesare Pavese was born in northern Italy in 1908. Exiled by the Fascist regime to Calabria in 1935, Pavese eventually returned to Turin to work for the publishing house Giulio Einaudi, where he became the editorial director. Pavese won the Strega Prize for fiction, Italy's most prestigious literary award, for his novel The Beautiful Summer in 1950. Later the same year, after a brief affair with an American actress, he committed suicide. His suicide note reads: "I forgive everyone and ask everyone's forgiveness. O.K.? Don't gossip too much."