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Literature

Compiled by Fred L. Gardaphé, Professor of English at SUNY, Stony Brook, N.Y.

Poetry | Novels | Autobiographies & Memoirs | Short Fiction Collections | Italian American Studies | Bibliographic Resources

Selected Poetry

Ciardi, John

  • Homeward to America. New York: Holt, 1940.

  • As If: Poems New and Selected. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1958.

  • The Achievement of John Ciardi: A Comprehensive Selection of His Poems. Ed. Miller

Williams. Chicago: Scott Foresman, 1969.

  • For Instance. NY: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1979.

  • Selected Poems. Fayettville: U. of Arkansas P., 1984.

  • The Birds of Pompeii. Fayettville: U. of Arkansas P., 1985.

Citino, David

  • Last Rites and Other Poems. Columbus, OH: The Ohio State University Press, 1980.

  • The Appassionata Doctrines. Cleveland State Poetry Center, 1985.

  • The Gift of Fire. Fayettville: University of Arkansas Press, 1986.

  • Clements, Arthur L. Common Blessings. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Lincoln Spring Press, 1987.

Corso, Gregory

  • The Vestal Lady on Brattle and Other Poems. Cambridge, MA: Richard Brukenfeld, 1955.

  • Selected Poems. London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1962.

D'Alfonso, Antonio

  • The Other Shore. Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1988.

  • Panick Love, Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1992.

di Prima, Diane

  • This Kind of Bird Flies Backward. New York: Totem Press, 1958.

  • Selected Poems. Plainfield, VT: North Atlantic Books, 1975.

  • Pieces of a Song. Selected Poems. San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1990.

Ferrini, Vincent

  • No Smoke. Portland, ME: Falmouth Publishing House, 1941.

  • Injunction. Lynn, MA: Sand Piper Press, 1943.

  • Know Fish. Stoors, CT: University of Connecticut Press, 1980.

Gilbert, Sandra M.

  • In the Fourth World: Poems. Birmingham: University of Alabama Press, 1978.

  • Emily's Bread: Poems. New York: W. W. Norton, 1984.

Gillan, Maria Mazziotti

  • Flowers from the Tree of Night. Midland Park, NJ: Chantry Press, 1982.

  • Winter Light. Midland Park, NJ: Chantry Press, 1985.

  • The Weather of Old Seasons. Merrick, NY: Cross-Cultural Communications, 1989.

  • Taking Back My Name. San Francisco: malafemmina press, 1991.

  • Where I Come From. Toronto & New York: Guernica Editions, 1995.

Gioia, Dana. Daily Horoscope. St. Paul, MN: Graywolf Press, 1986.

Gioseffi, Daniela

  • Eggs in the Lake. Brockport, NY: BOA Editions, 1979.

  • Word Wounds and Waterflowers. West Lafayette, IN: Bordighera, Inc. 1995.

Giovannitti, Arturo. The Collected Poems of Arturo Giovannitti. New York: Arno Press, 1975.

Malanga, Gerard

  • 22. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1974.

  • Incantations. Los Angeles: Black Sparrow, 1974.

  • Devotions. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 1976.

  • Ten Years After. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow, 1977.

  • Equal Time. Binghamton, NY: Bellevue Press, 1979.

Mariani, Paul

  • Timing Devices: Poems. Boston: David R. Godine, 1979.

  • Crossing Cocytus and Other Poems. New York: Grove Press, 1982.

  • Prime Mover. New York: Grove Press, 1985.

Parini, Jay

  • Anthracite Country. New York: Random House, 1982.

  • Town Life: Poems. New York: Henry Holt, 1988.

Rago, Henry. A Sky of Late Summer. New York: Macmillan, 1963.

Raptosh, Diane. Just West of Now. Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1993.

Romano, Rose

  • Vendetta. San Francisco: Malafemmina press, 1992

  • The Wop Factor. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Lincoln Springs Press, 1994.

Scalapino, Leslie. Considering How Exaggerated Music Is. San Francisco: North Point, 1982.

Sorrentino, Gilbert. Selected Poems: Nineteen Fifty-Eight to Nineteen Eighty. Santa Barbara: Black Sparrow Press, 1981.

Stefanile, Felix

  • A Fig Tree in America. New Rochelle, NY: Elizabeth Press, 1970.

  • East River Nocturne. New Rochelle, NY: Elizabeth Press, 1976.

  • In That Far Country. W. Lafayette, Ind.: Sparrow Press, 1982.

Tagliabue, John

  • Poems. New York: Harper, 1959.

  • The Great Day. Plainfield, IN: Alembic Press, 1984.

Turco, Lewis

  • First Poems. Francestown, NH: Golden Quill Press, 1960.

  • Pocoangelini. Northampton, MA: Despa Press, 1971.

  • The Shifting Web: New and Selected Poems 1957-1989. Fayettville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1989.

Tusiani, Joseph

  • Rind and All: Fifty Poems. New York: The Monastine Press, 1962.

  • The Fifth Season: Poems. New York: Obolensky, 1964.

  • Gente Mia and Other Poems. Stone Park, IL: Italian Cultural Center, 1978.

Viscusi, Robert. An Oration Upon the Most Recent Death of Christopher Columbus. W. Lafayette, IN: VIA Folios, 1993.

Vitiello, Justin. Vanzetti's Fish Cart. Lewiston, NY: The Mellen Poetry Press, 1991.

Selected Novels

Anania, Michael. The Red Menace. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1984.

Ardizzone, Tony. Heart of the Order. New York: Henry Holt & Co, 1986.

Anania, Michael. The Red Menace. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press, 1984.

Arleo, Joseph. The Grand Street Collector. New York: Walker and Co, 1970.

Barolini, Helen. Umbertina. New York: Seaview, 1979.

Bryant, Dorothy Calvetti. Miss Giardino. Berkeley, CA: Ata Books, 1978.

Cavallo, Diana. A Bridge of Leaves. New York: Atheneum, 1961.

Cuomo, George. Family Honor. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1983.

D'Agostino, Guido. Olives on the Apple Tree. New York: Doubleday, 1940.

DeCapite, Michael. Maria. New York: The John Day Co, 1943.

DeCapite, Raymond. The Coming of Fabrizze. New York: David McKay Co., 1960.

DeLillo, Don. Americana. 1971. New York: Penguin, 1989.

DeRosa, Tina. Paper Fish. Chicago: The Wine Press, 1980.

de Vries, Rachael Guido. Tender Warriors. Ithica, N.Y.: Firebrand, 1989.

di Donato, Pietro. Christ in Concrete. 1939. New York: Signet, 1993.

Fante, John. Wait Until Spring, Bandini. 1938. Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow, 1983.

Ferro, Robert. The Family of Max Desir. New York: NAL-Dutton. 1983.

Forgione, Louis. The River Between. New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1924.

Fumento, Rocco. Devil by the Tail. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1954.

Gioseffi, Daniela. The Great American Belly Dance. New York: Doubleday, 1977.

Hendin, Josephine Gattuso. The Right Thing to Do. Boston: David Godine,1988.

LaPolla, Garibaldi M.

  • The Fire in the Flesh. New York: The Vanguard Press, 1931.

  • The Grand Gennaro. New York: The Vanguard Press,1935.

LaPuma, Salvatore. A Time for Wedding Cake. New York: W.W. Norton, 1991.

Lentricchia, Frank. Johnny Critelli and The Knifemen. New York, Scribners, 1996.

Mangione, Jerre

  • Night Search. New York: Crown Publishing Co., Inc.,1965.

  • The Ship and the Flame. New York: A.A. Wyn, Inc.,1948.

Marotta, Kenny. A Piece of Earth. New York: William Morrow, 1985.

Maso, Carole. Ghost Dance. San Francisco: North Point Press, 1986.

Mirabelli, Eugene. The World at Noon. Montreal: Guernica, 1994.

Monardo, Anna. The Courtyard of Dreams. New York: Doubleday, 1993.

Morreale, Ben. Monday Tuesday, Never Come Sunday. Plattsburgh, NY: Tundra Books, 1977.

Pagano, Joseph.

  • Golden Wedding. New York: Random House, 1943.

  • Out of Place. Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1970.

Parini, Jay. The Patch Boys. New York: Holt, 1986.

Pola, Antonia. Who Can Buy the Stars. New York: Vantage Press, 1957.

Puzo, Mario. The Fortunate Pilgrim. New York: Atheneum, 1964.

Rimanelli, Giose. Benedetta in Guysterland. Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1993.

Rossi, Agnes. Split Skirt. New York: Random House, 1994.

Savarese, Julia. The Weak and the Strong. New York: G.P. Putnam's, 1952.

Sorrentino, Gilbert. Aberration of Starlight. 1980. New York: Penguin, 1981.

Tomasi, Mari

  • Deep Grow the Roots. Philadelphia,: J.B. Lippincott, Co., 1940.

  • Like Lesser Gods. 1949. Shelburne, VT: New England Press: 1988.

Selected Autobiographies & Memoirs

Barolini, Hellen. Chiaroscuro: Essays of Identity. Madison, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Covello, Leonard and Guido D'Agostino. The Heart is the Teacher. New York: McGraw Hill, 1958.

Cuomo, Mario M. Diaries of Mario M. Cuomo. New York: Random House, 1984.

D'Angelo, Pascal. Son of Italy. New York: Macmillan, 1924.

DeSalvo, Louise. Vertigo. New York: Dutton, 1996.

di Prima, Diane.

  • Memoirs of a Beatnik. 1969. San Francisco: Last Gasp Press, 1988.

  • Recollections of My Life as a Woman. New York: Viking, 1995. Ets, Marie Hall.

  • Rosa: The Life of an Italian Immigrant. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1970.

Lentricchia, Frank. The Edge of Night. New York, Random House, 1994.

Lloyd, Susan Caperna. No Pictures in My Grave: A Spiritual Journey in Sicily. San Francisco: Mercury House, 1992.

Mangione, Jerre

  • Mount Allegro. 1943. New York: Harper and Row, 1989.

  • A Passion for Sicilians: The World around Danilo Dolci. New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction Books, 1985.

Marzani, Carl

  • The Education of a Reluctant Radical: Growing Up American, Book 2. New York: Topical Books, 1993.

  • The Education of a Reluctant Radical: Roman Childhood, Book 1. New York: Topical Books, 1992.

  • The Education of a Reluctant Radical: Spain, Munich and Dying Empires, Book 3. New York: Topical Books, 1994.

Napoli, Joseph. A Dying Cadence: Memories of a Sicilian Childhood. W. Bethesda, MD: Marna Press, 1986.

Panunzio, Constantine. The Soul of an Immigrant. New York: Macmillan, 1921.

Pellegrini, Angelo. Americans by Choice. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1956.

Scammacca, Nat. Bye Bye America: Memories of a Sicilian-American. Cross-Cultural Communications, 1986.

Talese, Gay. Unto the Sons. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1992.

Tonelli, Bill. The Amazing Story of the Tonelli Family in America. New York: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., 1994.

Torgovnick, Marianna DeMarco. Crossing Ocean Parkway: Readings by an Italian American Daughter. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994.

Valenti, Angelo. Golden Gate. New York: The Viking Press, 1938.

Viscusi, Robert. Astoria. Montreal: Guernica, 1994.

Short Fiction Collections

Ardizzone, Tony.

  • The Evening News. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1986.

  • Larabi's Ox. Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 1992.

  • Taking it Home: Stories from the Neighborhood. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1995.

Barolini, Helen. The Dream Book: an Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women. Madison, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1997.

Bona, Mary Jo. Ed. The Voices We Carry: Recent Italian/American Women's Fiction. Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1994.

Bush, Mary. A Place of Light. New York: William Morrow, 1991.

Calcagno, Anne. Pray for Yourself. Evanston, IL: Tri-Quarterly Books, 1993.

Cuomo, George. Sing Choirs of Angels. Garden City, NY: Doubleday,1969.

Fante, John. The Wine of Youth. Santa Rosa, CA: Black Sparrow Press, 1985.

LaPuma, Salvatore. The Boys of Bensonhurst. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1987.

Manfredi, Renee. Where Love Leaves Us. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Press, 1994.

Valerio, Anthony. Valentino and the Great Italians, According to Anthony Valerio. Montreal: Guernica Editions, 1994.

Vitiello, Justin. Confessions of A Joe Rock. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Lincoln Springs, 1992.

Italian American Studies

de Rosa, Tina. Paper Fish. The Feminist Press, 1996 (reprint).

di Donato, Pietro. Christ in Concrete. Signet, New York, N.Y., 1993 (reprint).

Gambino, Richard. Blood of My Blood: The Dilemma of the Italian Americans. Guernica, Toronto, Canada, 1996 (reprint).

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas. The Italian American Family Album. Oxford University Press, New York, N.Y., 1994.

Images: A Pictorial History of Italian Americans. Center for Migration Studies, New York, N.Y., 1986.

Mangione, Jerre and Ben Morreale. La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience. Harper Collins Publishers, New York, N.Y., 1993.

The Big Book of Italian American Culture. Lawrence DiStasi (Ed.). Sanniti Publications, Berkeley, Calif., 1996.

The Italian Americans. Allon Schoener. Macmillian Publishing Company, New York, N.Y., 1987.

Selected Bibliographic Resources

Alfonsi, Ferdinando. Poeti Italo-Americani: Italo-American Poets, a bilingual anthology. Catanzaro, Italy: Antonio Carello Editore, 1985.

Barolini, Helen. Ed. The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women. New York: Schocken, 1985.

Gardaphe, Fred L.

  • Dagoes Read: Tradition and the Italian/American Writer. Toronto and New York: Guernica Editions, 1996.

  • The Italian-American Writer: An Essay and Annotated Checklist. Spencertown, NY: Forkroads Press, 1995.

  • Italian Signs, American Streets: The Evolution of Italian/American Narrative. Raleigh Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1996.

Green, Rose Basile. The Italian-American Novel. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Press, 1974.

Peragallo, Olga. Italian-American Authors and Their Contribution to American Literature. New York: S.F. Vanni, 1949.

Porcari, Serafino. "Italian American Fiction: A Selected Bibliography of Novels, Short Stories and Juvenile Fiction, 1950-1993." Italian Americana. 12.1(Fall/Winter, 1993): 146-173.

Tamburri, Anthony J. Paolo Giordano and Fred L. Gardaphe, Eds. From the Margin: Writings in Italian Americana. West Lafayette, IN: Purdue University Press, 1991.