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Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231751

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.001.0001

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Mary Caponegro, Prize-Winning American Writer in Rome

Mary Caponegro, Prize-Winning American Writer in Rome

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(p.225) Mary Caponegro, Prize-Winning American Writer in Rome
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American Woman, Italian Style
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Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0022

In 1991 Brooklyn-born Mary Caponegro went to Rome. A prestigious literary prize that cannot be applied for, but only conferred, was awarded to her by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in New York. Mary Caponegro is typical of Italian Americans who sojourn in Italy to reconnect with “roots” and to revitalize and extend a binational life. Yearnings of mind and body, rather than naturalistic characterization, focus Mary Caponegro's fictions. Mary Caponegro is not the first Italian American to be awarded the Rome Prize in Writing; that honor went to poet John Ciardi, 1956–57. She is the first Italian-American woman recipient at an institution that has had far more men than women as Writing Fellows.

Keywords:   Mary Caponegro, Rome, Italian Americans, Rome Prize in Writing, John Ciardi

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