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An Ethnic at Large: A Memoir of America in the Thirties and Forties
In this autobiography, Mangione (emeritus, English, U. of Pennsylvania) describes his experiences of growing up Sicilian in Rochester, his post-college years living in New York City and Greenwich Village, coming into adulthood in the 1930s and 1940s, coming to terms with his ethnicity, the struggles of becoming a writer, and his invitation to the White House in 1944 as a g ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd)
(first published February 1978)
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I began reading this book for the virtuoso description of life in the "House of Genius" in New York's Greenwich Village - 61 Washington Square South - the resting-place of the famous (O. Henry, Eugene O'Neill, Mary MacLane, Adelina Patti) and the not-so-famous, run by the legendary Madame Branchard and kept running a hair's-breadth from ruin from the late 1880s until her death in the late 1940s. It rapidly drew me into Mangione's earlier-chapter backstory in the profoundly ethnic Sicilian neighb ...more
An Italian-American writer best known for his depiction of the lives of Sicilian immigrants in Rochester, New York, in the first half of the twentieth century as their customs blend and clash with those of their adopted country.