Paul Anthony has had a life-long love affair with literature. He scribbled off poems as a teenager, then eked out a living after high school writing catalogue copy for an NYC department store, writing ad copy for a roadmap cartographer, and even writing copy in praise of high-quality roofing materials. Paul went on to earn Masters and Doctoral degrees in English Literature and Literary Studies, respectively. Paul also has a passion for opera (particularly Italian opera), which was instilled by his Italian grandparents and nurtured by two very patient uncles.
Paul combined his passions for literature and opera in Sorrow: the legacy of Cio-Cio-San, a lyric novella inspired by the opera Madama Butterfly. Sorrow chronicles the life of Butterfly’s family after the heroine’s tragic death. The title character is the son of Cio-Cio-San (Madama Butterfly) and Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton, a US Navy lieutenant stationed at Nagasaki. Sorrow’s journey, as he learns about his childhood in Japan and wrestles with his new life in America, touches on the multi-cultural, global issues leading up to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Sorrow: the legacy of Cio-Cio-San was indie published by Paul Anthony Publishing in July 2021 and is available on Amazon.
Paul’s current works-in-progress include Brooklyn 4, New York: Stories in Verse, a chapbook of twentieth-century lyric musings, and L’Attavanti, the second novella in “The Puccini Heroine Series.”
Musings from Dr. Paul Anthony can be found on his blog site, “Writing, Opera, Wine” linked below.