The Legacy of Louise DeSalvo

May 01, 2019 706

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 6pm. John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, 25 West 43rd Street, 17th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10036. In 1996, Louise DeSalvo, acclaimed modernist scholar and Virginia Woolf biographer, published the memoir Vertigo, "the unlikely narrative of how a working-class Italian American girl became a critic and writer."

Almost ten years earlier, DeSalvo's novel Casting Off had come out in England because U.S. publishers did not believe that suburban women "do adultery" (the novel was reprinted in the United States by Bordighera Press). DeSalvo went on to write several books of memoir and essays and two books that explore the process and craft of writing, thus producing a body of work that stands out not only in the Italian American canon but also in the memoir tradition.

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