La Bandierina di Carlo Marx: Dramma in un Atto

Chicago: Italian Labor Publishing Co., n.d., ca. 1917. First Edition. Born into a family of Italian landed proprietors, the author Alberico Molinari studied medicine and mental health in Modeno, Turin, and Paris, while simultaneously being drawn to socialism. Before he had even finished his degree in 1903, Molinari had already been twice arrested, perhaps fueling his decision to depart for New York that same year. Upon his arrival he quickly became the leader of the Federazione Socialista Italiana, serving as the director of "Proletario" and founding the fornightly "L'Ascesa del Proletariato," while also continuing to practice medicine for the miners in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1911 he moved to Chicago to assume directorship of "Parola del Popolo." As far as radical immigrants came, however, Molinari was a centrist and opposed anarchist activity, instead advocating "an ideal solidarity of the proletariat," on which theme the present one-act play was written (see Francesco Durante, ed., "Italoamericana" (2014)). Whether the play was ever produced is unclear as we find no contemporary references to it, and the item is subsequently quite scarce, with none in the trade as of February, 2020; YIVO only in OCLC. Not in Periconi. Small 12mo (17cm.); publisher's grey pictorial staplebound wrappers printed in red and black; 20pp. Light soil and wear to wrappers, including tiny loss at top margin of upper cover, two small closed tears to fore-edge of pp. [3/4] not quite touching text, textblock uniformly toned and rather fragile due to inferior paper stock, else a Very Good copy of a scarce title. Text entirely in Italian save the imprint. Publication date based on the time during which the scene is set, autumn of 1917.

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