Edited: Francesco Durante
Francesco Durante born in Anacapri, teaches the Culture and Literature of Italian Americans at the Università Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples. As one of Italy’s foremost journalists and literary critics, he has written for various Italian newspapers and journals. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including the groundbreaking Italoamericana. Storia e letteratura degli italiani negli Stati Uniti, 1776–1943, in two volumes (the second was published with the same title by Fordham University Press in 2014); Figli di due mondi. Fante, DiDonato & C: narratori italoamericani degli anni Trenta e Quaranta; Scuorno (vergogna); I napoletani; and, together with the late Rudolph J. Vecoli, Oh Capitano! La vita favolosa di Celso Cesare Moreno in quattro continenti. He has edited two volumes of Mondadori’s prestigious Meridiani series on John Fante and Domenico Rea. In addition to various editions of mannerist and baroque poets and American writers, he has translated seven volumes of John Fante, two by Bret Easton Ellis, and other writers such as William Somerset Maugham, George Arnold, and William Dean Howells. Durante is the artistic director of the annual Salerno Literary Festival. His latest book is La letteratura italoamericana (2017).
With James J. Periconi
James J. Periconi, a Manhattan attorney, exhibited his collection of more than one hundred Italian-language American imprints of authors whose works are excerpted in Italoamericana at New York’s Grolier Club in 2012 and extensively catalogued these works in Strangers in a Strange Land.
Volume editor Anthony Julian Tamburri
Anthony Julian Tamburri is Dean of the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute at Queens College, CUNY. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is codirector of Bordighera Press and past president of the American Italian Historical Association and of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. His books include Narrare altrove: diverse segnalature letterarie (2007); Una semiotica dell’etnicità: nuove segnalature per la letteratura italiano / americana (2010); Re- viewing Italian Americana: Generalities and Specificities on Cinema (2011); and Re- reading Italian Americana: Specificities and Generalities on Literature and Criticism (2014). He is a cofounder of the Italian American Digital Project. Since 2007, he has been the executive producer of the TV program Italics.
General editor Robert Viscusi
Robert Viscusi, Ph.D., is Professor of English and executive officer of the Wolfe Institute for the Humanities at Brooklyn College, president of the Italian American Writers Association, novelist, critic, scholar of Italian-American literature and culture, and author of the epic poem “Ellis Island.”