Mario Puzo


L'Italo-Americano spotlights "the father of the Godfather."

This article, written by FRANCESCA BEZZONE, appears on L’Italo-Americano.

The Father of The Godfather: Mario Puzo

A quintessential figure of Italo-american culture, Puzo was, and still remains today almost twenty years after his death, the iconic symbol of how Italian and American heritage have merged together to create some of the most defining art of the 20th century.
Even his career is image to what could only be defined as a post-war, all-american literary dream: from editor for several pulp publications, through initially unsuccessful attempts to independent writing, to final worldwide success, obtained thanks to a mix of real life experience, creativity and hard boiled narrative lines.
Puzo was to find true fame thanks to his collaboration with Francis Ford Coppola and the cinematographic version of his masterpiece, The Godfather, but never underestimate his talent as a novelist: Puzo was – and still is – a truly amazing literary talent.
Mario, Hell’s Kitchen and 1950s America
Mario Gianluigi Puzo was born in infamous Hell’s Kitchen, to parents of Neapolitan descent. It was 1920, and Puzo’s childhood and adolescence in this notoriously difficult neighborhood of New York city shaped the writer’s creativity and aesthetic vision. Read more on L’Italo-Americano…
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