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An Ethnic at Large
A Memoir of America in the Thirties and Forties

Jerre Mangione

Paper $9.95    |   0-8156-0716-4    |   2001

Award-winning author Jerre Mangione’s memoir re-creates an America in flux, from the depths of the Great Depression to the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

"An Ethnic at Large begins with a boy named Geraldo growing up Sicilian in Rochester, New York, and ends with the author breakfasting with Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House. . . . [The book] is an effective portrait of what it was like to come of age in the 1930s and 1940s. . . . Finally, the book is a touching revelation of the author himself."
New York Times

"Primarily an autobiography of one young man’s coming to terms with his ethnicity, it’s a becoming-a-writer story and a survival story as well. . . . By the end of the book, I felt I had come to know a real person and I was impressed by his haunting, moving story. Mangione was invited to the White House. ‘Why’ asked his uncle Peppino, ‘would the head of the richest nation want to sit down with a young man who earns less than I do as a bricklayer?’ Read Mangione’s book and you'll understand."
Los Angeles Times

Jerre Mangione was professor emeritus of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of ten books, including The Dream and the Deal: The Federal Writers’ Project, 1935-1943 and Mount Allegro: A Memoir of Italian American Life, both reprinted by Syracuse University Press.

5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 388 pages, 41 photographs

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