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The Value of Worthless Lives: Writing Italian American Immigrant Autobiographies

Ilaria Serra


The writer Giuseppe Prezzolini said that Italian immigrants left behind tears and sweat but not “words”, making their lives in America mostly in silence, their memories private and stories untold. In this innovative portrait of the Italian–American experience, these lives are no longer hidden. The book offers the first comprehensive study of a largely ignored legacy—the autobiographies written by immigrants. It looks closely at fifty-eight representative works written during the high tide of Italian migration. Scouring archives, discovering diari ... More

Keywords: Italian–American, Italian migration, memoirs, diaries, immigrant experience, identity, autobiography, Giuseppe Prezzolini

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780823226788
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226788.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilaria Serra, author
Department of Language and Linguistics, Florida Atlantic University