Fortunato Pasqualino was born in 1923 in Butera, Sicily, served his country as a soldier in 1942 during WWII, then attended the University of Catania, Sicily, where he earned in 1951 the doctorate in philosophy. After teaching a few years in Catania, he moved to Rome to work for the Italian National Television Station RAI. He wrote books and articles, and founded with his brother Pino a theater company that was recognized in 2001 by UNESCO as a masterpiece of the human intellectual heritage. Pasqualino won various literary prizes for plays he had written. He married in 1966 Barbara Olson, and had four children. In 1996, he published Gli orecchini di Dio: L’assurdo tra noi (The Earrings of God: The Absurd Among Us), and passed away on September 14, 2008.