Mary Caponegro, Prize-Winning American Writer in Rome

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231751
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241286 | DOI:
Mary Caponegro, Prize-Winning American Writer in Rome

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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

Chapter.  2974 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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