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Introduction: Anthony Giardina (1950- ), contemporary American novelist and short story writer, playwright, and college professor of creative writing, was born in the western suburbs of Boston in the city of Waltham, MA. His parents were Italian immigrants; his mother, Angela, was a homemaker, and his father, Felix, worked as a salesman to move the family from a working class neighborhood to an upper-middle class area. Growing up in the 50's and 60's had a profound impact on Giardina. He said in an interview, "I think for writers the ages of 7 or 8 to 15 are the time when your senses are out like mad. And then as puberty hits and other things happen you close down a little bit. But those years, if you are going to be a writer those are the years when you are doing all your absorbing." The atmosphere and impact of this era are clear in A Boy's Pretensions (1988) and Recent History (2001), both novels in which the main characters’ formative years were in the 50s and 60s. Giardina attended Fordham University in the Bronx, where he studied the theater and worked on his acting. He graduated with his BA in 1973. I n 1977, his play Living at Home was produced and became his first publication in 1979. In 1984, he published his first novel, Men With Debts .
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