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Anthony Valerio is an author, editor and teacher. His books include The Mediterranean Runs Through Brooklyn, Valentino and the Great Italians, Lefty and Her Gangsters, The Little Sailor, BART: A Life of A. Bartlett Giamatti, Anita Garibaldi: a Biography, Toni Cade Bambara's One Sicilian Night and JOHN DANTE'S INFERNO, a Playboy's Life. His stories have appeared in the Paris Review and his work has been anthologized by The Viking Press and Random House. Mr. Valerio has taught at New York University, The City University of New York and Wesleyan University. He is a member of PEN and The Authors Guild.



"He's just crazy enough-He knows his people-He knows his craft-He gets in, tells his story and gets out-It's what good writing should be."

--Shel Silverstein

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About ANITA GARIBALDI, a Biography

"In Valerio's hand, Anita Garibaldi emerges as the courageous but vulnerable woman from Sao Paulo, Brazil, whose singular and precious spirit was caught in the times. Anita Garibaldi is a romance discovered in history's embrace. Valerio creates the Brazilian ethos in its emerald presence as the brilliant nerve in Garibaldi's brave but short time. This biography has a texture like a Renior film, broad and expansive, swimming along in voluble seas."-Afaa M. Weaver Simmons College Boston

About JOHN DANTE'S INFERNO, a Playboy's Life
A 21st Century Virgil! September 28, 2012
By John McCormick (Chicago)
A great writer once remarked with considerable relish that "Dante was a pornographer!" He was referring to the author of *The Divine Comedy.*

One might think that Anthony Valerio, who parallels the life of *Playboy* insider John Dante with the narrative of Dante Alighieri's *Inferno,* would risk making elements of the latter seem salacious or cheap.

On the contrary, Valerio elevates what others certainly would have rendered pornographic--the exploits of a consummate ladies man in the tradition of Don Juan, Casanova, Valentino--to the level of epic poetry.

*John Dante's Inferno* is the latest and perhaps bravest of Valerio's incomparable chronicles of singular Italian American lives; an erudite, reverent, wry, wise and, yes, bawdy biography of Giovanni Aimola aka John Dante--Italian immigrant, night club owner, restauranteur and life-long right hand man to *Playboy* founder, Hugh Hefner.

Valerio's voice is as much a character in this work as is any of the artists, celebrities, gangsters, and of course women (intriguing, beautiful, daring and too often terribly vulnerable women) who cross its pages. Readers will laugh aloud at Valerio's nonplused, bemused reactions to some of the more outrageous statements uttered by the likes of Dante, Hefner, and Shel Silverstein, who also plays a pivotal role in this tale of physical pleasure and, at its core, emotional longing. They will mourn the death in exile suffered by this Dante and wonder whether he ever attained anything like the *Paradiso* described by his namesake.

Seamlessly weaving 13th century Florence with 20th century Chicago and Hollywood, Valerio lays bare the timelessness and full depth of male lust and desire--at their most base and transcendent. Both men and women among readers will recognize anew what a glorious and ridiculous creature is the male of the species.

About LEFTY & HER GANGSTERS, a novel of Power & Sex

“Subsequent artistic attempts at humanizing the don include Analyze This and The Sopranos. Both of these productions feature don characters in therapy. Valero's use of the therapy device, though, is unique and visionary. It not only predates these films, but also shows the don in control, as therapist, not patient. This configuration emphasizes the power of Italian culture to nurture individual identity. Johnny, the don, serves as cultural nursemaid to the reborn Italian-American, Nicholas. “ Melus

About THE LITTLE SAILOR, a Romantic Thriller

"The private, woman-filtered experience of communal life, Valerio’s quintessential métier, the animating principal of his entire literary corpus." --George Guida, VIA Magazine

About TONI CADE BAMBARA'S ONE SSICILIAN NIGHT, a Memoir

"The process by which a great love begins is as hidden as the birth of the universe or the conception of a human being. Here Anthony Valerio, who has lived it, allows us to see it without violating its mystery. This is his story of the improbable but profound recognition that ignited between him -- an "Olive" man, Italian-American writer -- and the acclaimed, doomed Black novelist and activist Toni Cade Bambara. It is so delicate, touching, suspenseful -- I hardly breathed the whole time." "amba12" (New York, NY USA)

"Anthony Valerio's fiction bears likeness to our best dreams when the fantastical elements of the subconscious play themselves out in a vivid replica of reality."

--The Baltimore Sun

ANITA GARIBALDI, A BIOGRAPHY

Memoir
TCB: a Great Woman: Cultural Worker, Political and Media Activist, Fiction Writer
"The substance of this memoir is what makes us human when we come home from struggling in the world." --Afaa Michael Weaver
Italian History, Biography, Women's Studies
Italian language edition published by Gallucci Editore, Rome «Da sempre sono innamorato di Anita Garibaldi, per tutto quello che ha saputo rappresentare come donna in tutte le sue declinazioni. E penso che Belen Rodriguez sia la sua incarnazione perfetta». C’è voluto Bruno Vespa per riportare in prima serata tv Anita Garibaldi. L’ultima volta era stata nel 1987, nella città dei fiori oramai cara a Belen. Quella sera all’Ariston cantava Sergio Caputo: “È il Garibaldi innamorato per le strade di Rio, cappello a larghe falde, e sotto un poncho marron, e sotto il poncho Anita mia batte un corasson”. Poi più nulla per la leggendaria moglie dell’eroe dei due mondi. Anche nella domenica di piazza del 13 febbraio, tra i tanti volti femminili la sua icona è circolata poco. Meglio i volti grinzosi della saggezza, quelli pacifici della Montalcini e della Hack, per una strana inibizione culturale mai ritratte da giovani nei momenti decisivi della loro vita. Non ci sono foto da condividere per Anita Garibaldi, solo disegni. Non esistono diari o memorie, e molto probabilmente non li avrebbe mai potuti scrivere perché era analfabeta. Tra i tanti omaggi in giro per il mondo spicca il monumento al Gianicolo di Roma, dove oggi le ha reso omaggio il presidente della Repubblica Giorgio Napolitano: in sella a un cavallo pistola in mano, da vera amazzone, ma con le braccia che circondano e proteggono uno dei suoi figli. Della moglie del soldato Garibaldi se ne sono ricordati quelli del collettivo Wu Ming che per “Se non ora quando?” l’hanno inserita in un elenco di passionarie, accanto a Rosa Luxembourg e Tina Modotti. Ma per ritrovarla in libreria si deve andare sullo scaffale per ragazzi, dove l'editore Gallucci a fine 2010 ha pubblicato una biografia con la prefazione nientemeno di Emilio Gentile, alla faccia del libro per ragazzi. C’è voluto un italo americano “di broccolino”, Anthony Valerio (“Anita, la donna che insegnò a Garibaldi ad andare a cavallo”, Gallucci, euro 16,50) per dare per la prima volta un racconto preciso della leggenda, svincolandola dalla presenza opprimente di Garibaldi e sgombrando il terreno dai fumi del mito. A leggere la sua breve ma intensa biografia sembra di rivedere i siparietti tra Werner Herzog e Klaus Kinski sul set sudamericano di “Fitzcarraldo”, pieni di furore e fedeltà: “Aveva occhi neri e nerissimi capelli, era innamoratissima, orgogliosissima e gelosissima – racconta Gentile – Una volta costrinse Garibaldi a tagliarsi la lunga chioma perché la considerava una delle cause dell’attrazione che molte donne sentivano verso di lui. E un’altra volta gli si presentò davanti serrando nei pugni due pistole cariche per ammonirlo: con una avrebbe ucciso lui, con l’altra l’eventuale amante”. Anita Garibaldi non era italiana, era brasiliana. Anna (Anita) Maria de Jesus Ribeiro, discendente da una famiglia portoghese emigrata in Brasile dalle Azzorre, nata nel villaggio di Morinnhos, nella provincia di Santa Catarina, probabilmente il 30 agosto 1821. Aveva 18 anni quando conobbe Garibaldi a Laguna in Brasile, lui era in esilio con una condanna a morte in contumacia dal re di Sardegna come traditore. A 14 anni era stata già sposata a un calzolaio sparito nel nulla. Ne aveva invece ventotto quando morì il 4 agosto 1849 in una fattoria di Mandriole vicino Ravenna, per un attacco di febbre malarica, incinta del quarto figlio, mentre con il marito sfuggiva alle truppe austriache dopo la disfatta della Repubblica romana, vestita in abiti da uomo e con i capelli tagliati. Per quasi dieci anni successivi alla sua morte le spoglie rimasero a Ravenna, con Garibaldi in fuga. Poi nel 1859 il generale fece disseppellire il corpo per portarlo nella sua città natale, Nizza, dove rimasero per 80 anni su quello che sarebbe diventato territorio francese dall’anno dopo. Garibaldi nel frattempo si era risposato due volte e avuto figli anche da una terza donna, ma nessuna raggiunse la popolarità della prima. La leggenda di Anita tornò ufficialmente in Italia solo nel giugno del 1932. Quel giorno l’anarchico Angelo Sbardellotto aveva in programma di uccidere il duce durante il discorso d’inaugurazione del monumento ad Anita, scolpito da Mario Rutelli, bisnonno dell’ex sindaco Francesco. Ma la passionaria era un’eredità scomoda per Mussolini. Nonostante il peso di Garibaldi e l’orgoglio del Duce di aver riportato in patria le spoglie, Anita rappresentava tutto ciò che il misogino fascismo detestava, come spiega lo storico Philip Cannistraro: «Era di origine straniera e di sangue misto, aveva difeso ideali radicali e rivoluzionari, era una vera internazionalista. Era una bigama e madre di figli illegittimi, ma soprattutto una guerriera, e la scelta – che Garibaldi non condivideva – di tornare a combattere le era costata la vita».
Italian and Italian American Studies. Biography
Illiterate and poor, the daughter of a herdsman in 19th century Brazil, Anita Ribeiro was lifted from a life of obscurity to one that is the stuff of romance and adventure. When she and a young Italian exile by the name of Captain Garibaldi met in 1839, they joined in the cause of founding a Brazilian republic. Later they went on to lead the defense of Montevideo from an Argentine siege—just one episode among many in their idealistic, nationalistic crusade in a time of immense revolutionary upheaval. It was Anita who taught Garibaldi the guerrilla ways of the gauchoS≪/i>, and they lived as man and wife through a series of adventure and wars. Returning to Italy in 1848 to fight for a united republican Italy, as revolution swept throughout Europe, Anita and Garibaldi were tragically separated by her untimely death the following year. Garibaldi went on to ultimate fame as the father of modern Italy—while Anita's story drifted into the mists of legend. This book, the first full biography of the remarkable life of Anita Garibaldi, tells the true story of a fascinating and important woman.
Biography
Memoir/Fiction
"The Little Sailor is a literary gem from one of our foremost writers. Anthony Valerio's evocative prose woos the characters onto the page and into the hearts of its readers. His charming, eccentric, deeply moving women emerge from a world of distant memories with extraordinary force and passion–sensual, enticing, unforgettable–and the reader is mesmerized."
–Edvige Giunta
Biography. New Print Edition. http://www.amazon.com/BART-Life-Bartlett-Giamatti/dp/0977282481/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362605171&sr=1-3&keywords=anthony+valerio
"A Wonderful Read."
–Larry King, Newsday
Fiction
"Subsequent artistic attempts at humanizing the don include Analyze This and The Sopranos. Both of these productions feature don characters in therapy. Valerio's use of the therapy device, though, is unique and visionary. It not only predates these films, but also shows the don in control, as therapist, not patient. This configuration emphasizes the power of Italian culture to nurture individual identity. Johnny, the don, serves as cultural nursemaid to the reborn Italian-American, Nicholas."
–George Guida, Melus

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