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Crime at its Core: Looking Back at Pietro Di Donato’s Christ in Concrete (1939) - Peter Blauner takes the freshest approach to Christ in Concrete in many years. He cleverly points to "criminal" capitalist beast Job, being Di Donato's core grievance against society . . . while the candid story of his own reading of the novel is brilliant - itself approaching "operatic." He effortlessly takes on what academia has been mired in for decades: "the language," and style and voice, of the prose. For those who have put the book down more than once, or shied away from approaching it - this piece is invaluable.
The Surprising True Story of Pietro Di Donato, the Bricklayer Turned Author (America Magazine, Fall 2019) - An appreciation of Di Donato's iconic 1939 novel on its 80th anniversary, this article from The Jesuit Review not only details the book's history, but explores its relevance in a time of increasing institutional bureaucracy and anti-immigrant sentiment.
An Immigrant's Pain in Concrete (New York Times, October 1990)
From Laborer to Literary Lion (Newsday Magazine, November 1981)
Make Love article (The SUN, L.I. newspaper, 1969)
Wisdom of Labor (Chicago writer Tom Johnson's 1985 interview in FRA NOI magazine)
Joseph Barbato Interview (In 1976 Barbato took the train out to Stony Brook where the author picked him up and drove him out to the Strong's Neck house)
Pace University Interview (This is the Dorothee von Huene-Greenberg interview, considered a key interview of the author. It took place over the course of three meetings at the Strong's Neck house in 1985)
Pietro Di Donato, Lo Scrittore Operaio - An expansive biography and analysis from an Italian business school.
Associated Press wirephoto 8/4/42, taken at Cooperstown, NY Conscientious Objector camp - Dubbed by the New York Times as "Concrete Consci," Di Donato spent a few months at the Upstate camp breaking camp rules and carousing in town in the evenings. During this period he would meet his wife-to-be, Helen Dean.
Pietro Di Donato Reevaluated - A condensed treatment of the now firmly-established research work of Michael D. Esposito, based on a series of interviews conducted in 1977.
Unforgettable Power: A Remembrance - Newsday book reviewer and columnist Leslie Hanscom wrote this personal remembrance shortly after the author's death in 1992.
The Bricklayers Son - the week of his death in January of 1992, Long Island's legendary newspaper, Newsday, created a whirlwind special edition to canonize the Long Island author: who wrote the novel; raised a family; and died, all on the North Shore: although born and raised just west, across the Hudson on the Palisades of Hoboken, New Jersey - Di Donato became recognized as the true Renaissance Man of nature's unique geological formation: Long Island
Once Upon A Time - once again, Joseph Barbato makes the pilgrimage out to the Strong's Neck House on the North Shore: he captures beautifully the mystique of the surroundings on a chilly day - fire crackling in the fireplace - construction of the writer's own hand - Is the author forgotten - a once-known name? Barbato attempts to get to the bottom of the question. posed circa 1975
An Afternoon With DiDonato - Di Donato never failed to give a provocative, even audacious live interview - and Chicago-based Tom Johnson never failed to draw forth as in this 1985 interview under the big maple tree of the Strong's Neck House: criminal acts and war crimes foremost on the writer's mind as the first invasions of Iraq, under George H. W. Bush, flourish in the American media and public psyche.
Lone Star Cement Corporation pocket notepad: this multi-faceted gem was utilized by Di Donato, on the job, laying bricks, to capture flashes of ideas, settings, and characters: notably – these fragmented ‘leaves of thoughts’ constitute a wonderful window on the the formative months during the creation of Three Circles of Light – making these notes circa ’58-’60.