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Set in the Abbruzzi, this play in three acts was written by a Waldensian pastor, Giovanni Tron, who ministered in East Harlem. As a young man, Norman Thomas took Italian lessons from him. This work is not found in OCLC. The dealer who sold me this…

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The action of this anti-war play unfolds in a little town in northern Italy during the "giornate rosse [Red Days]" of June 1914. The play was presented for the first time at the Filodrammatica Sovversiva di New York [Subversive Amateur Dramatic…

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This feminist, anti-war play is the best known work of socialist and suffragette Wentworth (b. 1872 - d. 1942); it's a topic that would have appealed to Carlo Tresca, proprietor of Il Martello and its book publishing arm. Tresca also used the…

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First produced in New York on April 19, 1931, at the Civic Repertory Theatre, Madre remains one of the best-known anti-fascist plays written and produced in America by Italians. It is discussed at some length by historian Marcella Bencivenni in…

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The premiere performance of this play opened at the Central Opera House, located at 205 East 67th Street in New York on Sunday, December 13, 1925. It was based on actual historical circumstances — namely, a staged attentato, or attempt (to…

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This libretto was gift to me from the late Gloria Iodice, a friend whose much older husband (Gloria's music teacher) composed the operatic score to this libretto. Though he sometimes also composed music, Picchianti (b. Florence, 1908 - d. New York,…

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The cover has a variant (from the title page) of the title of the work, namely, Come i falchi: Scene dramattiche in due atti.Postiglione (b. 1893 L'Aquila; d. 1924 L'Aquila) left Italy in 1910, embarking at Le Havre for New York, whence he went to…

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La vigilia is the first Italian translation “by A.M.G.” — who would be known by readers to be Arturo M. Giovannitti — of Leopold Kampf’s popular play written in German, Am vorabend. The work was intended to serve as entertainment as well as for the…

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Some years after Dramas, Flamma succeeded in getting Fiamme translated and published in English as Flames & Other Plays (New York, 1928). This volume consists of two works: the popular first-named play, originally written, performed, and…

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Flamma's signature is on the copyright page: "This edition is limited to One Thousand copies, each bearing Author's Autograph." One of his volumes of Dramas was issued in New York, in 1909, in a luxurious edition enriched by a letter (little more…

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De Rosalia was a leader in the Italian American vaudeville scene in New York. He premiered on the New York stage in 1903, shortly after his arrival in America. In 1904, he became a teacher in the New York public schools, and gave English lessons to…

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This is a social comedic drama published by the book publication arm of the anarchist newspaper L’Adunata dei Refrattari. This 1928 publication is the earliest book in the Collection published by the newspaper which began life in 1922, founded by one…

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This work depicts the domestic life of a prosecutor who tries to explain and justify his work activities to his daughter in the service of “the Law.”For a brief bio of Damiani (1876-1953), see entry for his La bottega. After the deaths of Galleani…

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A two-act, heavily anti-fascist play published by the Detroit anarchist group’s bookstore, the Libreria Autonoma (Autonomous Bookstore). (See also Lolmo, Insurrezione e Rivoluzione, published by same publisher., part of the collecton.) Gigi Damiani…

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One act of this recovered (by Durante) play is reproduced in Durante.Giuseppe Petrosino was the first head of the Italian squad of the New York City Police Department, and in charge of investigating the Mafia and its crimes in New York. On…

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Ludovico (really Michele) Caminita (b. Palermo, 1878 - d. New York 1943?) had one of the lengthiest, most varied and colorful lives of all the Italian anarchists in America, starting or writing a number of newspapers (with politics ranging from left…

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A curious play with Saint Peter, Pope Pius VI, Vittorio Emanuele II, Garibaldi, all at the entrance to heaven. "Pietro" (mispelled "Pitero") says to himself, "It's really worth the trouble to abandon the lake, the fishing nets, the free life, to…
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