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PIETRO DI DONATO

Writer, Bricklayer

Photo by Eve Arnold, 1958

Pietro Di Donato (1911-1992) remains to this day the preeminent Italian-American writer in American Fiction. His iconic 1939 novel, Christ in Concrete, is recognized as the definitive story depicting the Italian-American Experience.

The site is a unique repository of Di Donato related: photos; memorabilia; interviews; reviewscritical studies; essays and articles about, and by, the writer. Much of what will be appearing here is from the family's collection.

We will be adding new archival and research materials on a regular basis. Di Donato’s works cross numerous fields of study; and our goal is that the site be of interest to the general public and scholar alike.

"It took a card-carrying union bricklayer to write the proletarian novel of the Twentieth Century; "Christ in Concrete" will live on as long as the struggle goes on..." -Fred Gardaphe, Distinguished Professor of English and Italian/American Studies at Queens College/CUNY.

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