Talk:Mario Puzo

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Mario Puzo is an Italian-American and I have updated the article to reflect this fact. If anyone has a problem with this please discuss and don't just delete it like some weasel. Datus (talk) 21:09, 13 December 2007 (UTC)

His ethnicity is Italian American but what we mention in the beginning isn't the ethnicity of someone. It's the status of their citizenship and since Mario Puzo seems to be only American, I think the term Italian should be removed.Some sources: 1, 2, 3 (In the second half of the page his nationality can be found. -- And Rew 00:14, 20 April 2010 (UTC)

The Fortunate Pilgrim[edit]

An anonymous contributor ( added the following to both this article and the article on The Fortunate Pilgrim.

Until his dying day, he considered The Fortunate Pilgrim (1965) his finest, most poetic and literary work. In one of his last interviews he stated that he was saddened by the fact that The Godfather, a fiction he never lived, outshone the novel of his mother's honest immigrant struggle for respectability in America, and her courage and filial love, as portrayed in The Fortunate Pilgrim. That book, although it won much literary praise from established American novelists, never earned Puzo a living. It was only when he opted for what Hollywood sold well to America, the stereotype of Italian immigrants as mobsters, that Puzo's fame rose to the height of his fortunes as a writer.

The original contribution spanned three paragraphs, but two were removed by other users. The contributor refers to an interview and to literary critics, but offers nothing specific, and much of the contribution is written from a particular and obvious point-of-view.

I will hold off on removing the information and give the contributor a chance to add some sources to the article and to conform to a neutral point-of-view. I'm keeping the tags up until then. 19:27, 29 May 2007 (UTC) (Tainted Mustard)[edit]

It contains "Fools die", "The Dark Arena", "The Fourth K", "The Godfather", "The Last Don" and "The Sicilian". —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:16, 29 April 2008 (UTC)


Can anyone confirm that Puzo visited Sicily, or Italy in general? I assume so...

Also, where in Asia was he stationed? Dawud (talk) 12:09, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Mama Lucia[edit] This is a novel? I'm working on the portuguese article and we've no information about year, plot or anything but the name. Anyone? Just a non-confirmed information,, even on the official Puzo site. What's happening? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:12, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Got it, it's the The Fortunate Pilgrim, italian edition. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:44, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Married at 1?[edit]

The article says that Mario, born at 1920, was married with Erika Puzo since 1921 (or are those numbers her lifespan?)

Whatever, on Wikipedia, the information on spouses is presented like this: Name (date married - date divorced/died)

Or did they parents arranged their marriage since they were born? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:11, 16 September 2011 (UTC)

Raskolnikov = Brasi? No way[edit]

Anyone who would liken Luca Brasi to Raskolnikov has simply not read Crime and Punishment. Raskolnikov is an impoverished student who murders an old female pawn-broker/miser because he has some lame proto-Ubermensch, pre-Nietzsche idea of there being men, such as himself, above the law who do illegal things if they need to but who do it for the right reasons. His guilt and self doubt over the killing of this miserable woman eat him up. How is that at all like Brasi, who was a hired assassin, who probably didn't get past 1st grade and was not very bright but a very good and particularly vicious killer? Oh, maybe it was the axe Raskolnikov used on the lady just like Brasi used one to partition up the Chicago hit men, cutting off his feet, his legs at the knees, then the rest of his legs at the hip? At a stretch a case might possibly be made for Raskolnikov to have influenced the creation of Michael, but either Puzo or the author of this article has never read Dostoyevsky. (talk) 06:21, 26 May 2012 (UTC)

I agree, the two characters are very different. This statement was contentious and I've removed it as per was tagged as unsourced for long enough. Sincerely, Ugog Nizdast (talk) 09:45, 13 December 2013 (UTC)


Influence section lacks informations, though I haven't seen his work connected directly with other people's one, whoever read Norman Lewis's - Sicialian specialist (1974) will surely agree with me that this book influenced Puzo (I'd use more spicy word, stole). And this is not limited to single book (I'm quite familiar with both authors). Any research to back me up and/or edit article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:05, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

The Family -- Puzo's Passion?[edit]

In the back of The Family, it says that Mario Puzo only wrote The Godfather for money and his real passion was The Family. I can find the exact quote. But if the book was finished by someone it worth it to edit in some way? Is it a relevant fact? Is it...likely that he felt that way and it wasn't just someone else trying to sell a book? Khallus Maximus (talk) 20:57, 15 March 2014 (UTC)