Il Martello [The Hammer], Anno III & IV. New York: Casa Ed. "Il Martello," 19 issues: Incomplete Anno III, IV- 1918, 1919:

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Il Martello [The Hammer], Anno III & IV. New York: Casa Ed. "Il Martello," 19 issues: Incomplete Anno III, IV- 1918, 1919:

Description

See the general entry for Il Martello for the years 1918-1943 (repeated in a few descriptions of individual issues) for the history of the founding and running by Carlo Tresca of this, perhaps the most famous and almost surely the most long-lived of the radical newspapers in Italian in the Italian American community.

This is a bound volume - the first of two - of 20 issues of the newspaper-magazine Il Martello, spanning the period from 1918-1919. This was bound by hand by a subscriber and great admirer of Tresca's - Augusto Lentricchia, and was a gift to me of Frank Lentricchia, novelist and Katherine Everett Gilbert Professor of Literature and Theater Studies at Duke University.

It includes important works like a novella of Arturo Giovannitti, "Come era nel principio ..." and frequent contributions from Vincenzo Vacirca, who himself founded several important magazines that are in the collection, La Strada and Il Solco, and other important radical writers, such as Ludovico Caminita. A poem by Efrem Bartoletti celebrating the appearance of Il Martello in December of 1917 graces the verso of the cover page of the January 1, 1918 issue (erroneously dated January 1, 1917).

That a reader of a review like Il Martello would lovingly gather issues into a homemade binding, beginning only a year after the magazine's founding in 1917, is a measure of the affection that Tresca’s followers felt for him and everything he did. An immigrant from Morollo, south of Rome, Augusto Lentricchia settled in Utica in the first decade of the 20th century, where he worked for the New York Central Railroad, from which he was fired several times for trying to organize other railroad workers to radical causes. Lentricchia was also a poet who wrote about radical issues; one of his poems was published in Il Martello. His bound diaries containing his poetry were donated by Professor Lentricchia to the Italian American Collection at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

List of issues in this volume:

1 (1 Gennaio [January] 1917 [sic]),
2 (16 Gennaio),
3 (16 Febbraio [February]),
4 (1 Marzo [March],
5 (16 Marzo),
6 (1 Aprile [April],
7 (15 Aprile),
8 (16 Maggio [May]),
9 (1 Giugno [June]),
10 (16 Giugno),
11 (1 Luglio [July]),
13 (1 Agosto [August]),
14 (16 Agosto),
15 (1 Settembre [September],
16 (1 Ottobre [October]),
17 (16 Ottobre),
19 (16 Novembre [November]),  - 

incomplete Anno IV - 1919, Nos.
1 (1 Gennaio),
2 (16 Gennaio),
3 (1 Febbraio). 

Creator

Carlo Tresca

Publisher

Casa Ed. "Il Martello"

Date

16 Aprile [April] 1918 - ???

Language

Italian

Citation

Carlo Tresca, “Il Martello [The Hammer], Anno III & IV. New York: Casa Ed. "Il Martello," 19 issues: Incomplete Anno III, IV- 1918, 1919:,” Italian-Language American Imprints: The Periconi Collection, accessed September 26, 2022, https://italianamericanimprints.omeka.net/items/show/536.

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