Date of Birth : Mar 20, 1909
Date of Death : Aug 16, 1998
Jerre Mangione was an American writer and scholar of the Sicilian-American experience.
He was a graduate of Syracuse University and of the Federal Writers' Project.
He was a professor of literature at the University of Pennsylvania from 1961 until his retirement in 1978.
Mangione was “widely recognized by students of acculturation as a sensitive chronicler of the problems of negotiation the difficult passages between two cultures.”
He became famous upon the publication of his first book, Mount Allegro, a “classic autobiographical novel” about growing up in the Sicilian-American community of Rochester, New York. Mangione wrote Mount Allegro as a nonfiction memoir; however, his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, "insisted on publishing it as fiction because their sales department decided it would sell better with that label." Mangione consented only to changing the names of the people in the memoir, and he inserted a memorable tongue-in-cheek disclaimer: "The characters in this book are fictitious and have fictitious names. Anyone who thinks he recognizes himself in it is kindly asked to bear that in mind."