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di Donato, Pietrolocked

(03 April 1911–19 January 1992)
  • Dennis Wepman

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di Donato, Pietro (03 April 1911–19 January 1992), writer, was born in West Hoboken, New Jersey, the son of Geremio di Donato, a bricklayer, and Annunziata Chinquina. The eldest of eight children of an immigrant couple from Abruzzi, Italy, di Donato lost his father to an accident in a construction job when a building collapsed and buried him on Good Friday, 1923. The twelve-year-old was forced to leave school in the seventh grade and begin work in his father's trade, and when his mother died a few years later he assumed full responsibility for the support of his seven siblings and a nephew. However, demanding as his work was, he found time to study, taking night courses in construction and engineering at City College; he also read voraciously, especially French and Russian novelists. In 1927 on the night of the execution of ...

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