Pitiless Cruelty: Cynicism, Capitalism, and Gambling in the Writing of Mario Puzo
Popular Culture Review
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The Godfather made him a wealthy man, but Mario Puzo’s long years as a struggling writer and childhood in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen conditioned him to treat money—and those who made a great deal of it—with suspicion. This paper explores how Puzo’s cynical views of capitalism were buttressed by his experiences as a self-described “mildly degenerate” gambling, and how they are expressed in both his fiction and non-fiction.
Mario Puzo; Gambling; The mafia; Cynicism; The Godfather
Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing
Pitiless Cruelty: Cynicism, Capitalism, and Gambling in the Writing of Mario Puzo.
Popular Culture Review, 31(2),