Mangione, Jerre G. An Ethnic at Large; A Memoir of America in the Thirties and Forties. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1978.
In this autobiography, Mangione (emeritus, English, U. of Pennsylvania) describes his experiences of growing up Sicilian in Rochester, his post-college years living in New York City and Greenwich Village, coming into adulthood in the 1930s and 1940s, coming to terms with his ethnicity, the struggles of becoming a writer, and his invitation to the White House in 1944 as a guest of Eleanor Roosevelt. (He also visited internment camps, interviewed staff, and wrote about his observations.) Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)