Dacia Mariani was born in Florence. Together with several other young people, she founded a literary magazine called Tempo di letteratura, published by Pironti in Naples, and began contributing to magazines including Nuovi Argomenti and Mondo. During the sixties she published her first novels and also began to turn her attention to the theatre. Together with a group of writers, she founded the Teatro del Porcospino, a theatre devoted exclusively to staging new Italian works. In 1973, she contributed to the foundation of the Teatro della Maddalena, run solely by women. Five years later, this theatre put on her play, which was translated into English and French and staged in twelve different countries. Her awards include the Formentor Prize, the Premio Fregene, the Premio Campiello and the Premio Strega. She lives in Rome.