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Peppina Giuseppina (Marcias) Gramsci (1861 - 1932)

Peppina Giuseppina (Giuseppina) Gramsci formerly Marcias aka Marcias Corrias
Born in Ghilarza, Cagliari, Sardinia, Kingdom of Italymap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Ghilarza, Cagliari, Sardinia, Kingdom of Italymap
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Giuseppina Marcias (1861–1932) was the mother of the famous Marxist Italian politician and political prisoner, Antonio Gramsci. She married Francesco Gramsci (1860–1937). Francesco was a low-level official from Gaeta.

Parents: Antonio Marcias Corrias, Potenziana Marcias Corrias. They had children:

  1. Grazia Delogu Corrias
  2. Giuseppe Michele Marcias Corrias
  3. Giorgio Marcias Corrias
  4. Giovanni Marcias Corrias
  5. Margherita Oppo Manca (nata Delogu Corrias)
  6. Peppina Giuseppina Marcias Corrias

Francesco Gramsci came to work as registrar in the small Sardinian town of Ghilarza. There, he met his bride, Peppina Giuseppina Marcias Corrias, who was a literate daughter of a local inspector of taxes. She belonged to a local landowning family. Her husband Francesco was of distant Arbëreshë descent, though Antonio mistakenly believed his father's family had left Albania as recently as 1821. Children:

  1. Gennaro (Nannaro) Gramsci Marcias
  2. Grazietta Gramsci Marcias
  3. Emma (Emea) Gramsci Marcias
  4. Antonio (Nino) Gramsci Marcias
  5. Mario Gramsci Marcias
  6. Teresa (Teresina) Paulesu (nata Gramsci Marcias)
  7. Carlo Gramsci Marcias

Antonio Francesco Gramsci was born in 1891 in Ales, on the island of Sardinia, the fourth of seven sons of Francesco.

Francesco's financial difficulties and troubles with the police forced the family to move about through several villages in Sardinia until they finally settled in Ghilarza.

In 1898 Francesco was convicted of embezzlement and imprisoned in 1900, reducing his family to destitution.

The young Antonio had to abandon schooling and work at various casual jobs until his father's release in 1904.

During this time, Giuseppina worked as a seamstress and kept the impoverished family alive on proceeds from the sale of a small plot of land.

Antonio Gramsci completed secondary school in Cagliari, where he lodged with his elder brother Gennaro, a former soldier whose time on the mainland had made him a militant socialist.


  • Qunitin Hoare and Geoffrey Nowell Smith, ed., Selections from the Prison Notebooks of Antonio Gramsci, "Introduction", International Publishers, New York, 1971 ISBN 0-7178-0397-X

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