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This "diario," with both dated and undated entries in November 1917 through the same month in 1918, is a memoir of Maria Luisa Francesconi, a refugee from Friuli to the U.S. Her travails within Italy by train to escape aerial bombardment of the…

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This is the fourth edition of this work, which is an account of the author's two years in America immediately following the stock market crash of 1929, when he taught at Columbia University. It was first published in 1935 by Bemporad (Florence), and…

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Francesco Durante refers to Teresi (b. Alia (Palermo), Italy 1875 - d. Rochester, NY 1971) as an Italian-American intellectual. He came to the U.S. in 1907, earned a law degree here, and became a bank teller in Rochester. He wrote the preface to…

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This is Silvio Pellico's much reprinted memoirs of his 10 years imprisonment in the Hapsburg's prison in Spielberg for advocating for the freedom of Italy from Bourbon rule. There in prison he met several Italians who became refugees to the U.S.,…

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Siciliani (b. 1879 Ciro, Calabria - d. Roma 1938) was capo (or head) di Stato Maggiore (the general staff) to General Pietro Badoglio at the time of publishing this work about his trip to America. The work begins with a facsimile of a handwritten…

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This is the second edition of this work, the first with illustrations. The first edition is also in the collection. Rossi (b. Veneto, 1857; d. Buenos Aires, 1921) was first published in America on December 13, 1880 in the first issue of Il Progresso…

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This work first appeared as a collection of articles issued in La Tribuna of Rome.It includes vivid impressions of three years in New York, with sections on criminality, capital punishment, the system of incarceration, transportation methods,…

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This is the very hard to find first edition of this important, astute observation of the life of Italians in America. The second edition is also in the Collection. See Rossi's bio there and a description of the work.

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Taking in this amalgam of columns he wrote for an Italian newspaper a sometimes sympathetic but often condescending view of Italian Americans, not atypical for Italians of his class and that period of time, Prezzolini said they were not a "blend" of…

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New-York reflects a frankness, thoroughness, intensity and texture in Italian about the experiences of Italians in America that is largely lacking in English-language works by Italian Americans, who were in general loathe to disclose their dirty…

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Antonio Margariti (b. Ferruzzano, Reggio Calabria, Italy, 1891 – d. Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, 1981) published these memoirs in 1979 at age 87. This "savage and touching" book (Durante) awakened a vast interest, so much so as to be a finalist for…

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This French version of Da Ponte's memoirs, q.v., dated 1860, translated from the Italian by M.C.D. De la Chavanne, still pre-dated by a couple of decades any publication in Italian in Italy of this work, so critical of the Austro-Hungarian empire…

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This much more famous work (than Poesie Varie) was also "Pubblicate dall' Autore." Da Ponte’s Memorie could not have been published in Italy at the time they were written for the reason that he freely criticized the Austro-Hungarian empire that…

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Facsimile copy. I acquired this facsimile copy before I found the original. Kept in the collection as a reading copy, as the original is fairly fragile. See the original copy's description of this work.

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For several years, I had a facsimile copy of this important work. Then to my surprise, the original - impossible to find - became available.Carlo Camillo Di Rudio (1832-1910), one of the most colorful of 19th century Italian immigrants, to be sure,…

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Eugenio Camillo Branchi (b. Genoa, 1883 - d. 1962) was a distinguished journalist, a contributor to the Corriere dell Sera, among other publications.In 1915, he was a second in a duel for the "cold and Nordic" anarchist lawyer Francesco Saverio…

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This memoir describes Borghi's arrival in the world of anarchism, so new to him, in very dramatic terms. He was amazed by America: "For a long time, I did not understand it. I was attracted by it and at the same time repelled by it." The preface is…
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