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Gaetano enjoyed America, and was comfortable in Little Italy, knowing that his language was the language heard at home and among his friends. From all reports, he never held a job that demanded knowledge of English. He read (in Italian) the works of great philosophers—Schopenhauer, Kant, Hegel, and Descartes—and at the time of his death in 1969, he still knew only a few words of English. His granddaughter, Lee, remembers that he had a jovial nature, and it still troubles her that Corbino never resolved his issues with his father.

Then late on the night of September 4, it turned sharply north. In the meantime, the unsuspecting crew guided the Martha Washington past the Azores. As the ship slipped though relatively calm seas, Salvatrice worried about repairing her relationship with her son. When they reached New York, how would he react to a father that had already deserted him twice? The storm deep in the central Atlantic, reaching maximum winds of one hundred miles per hour, now took an odd turn due east during the night of September 5 and headed directly into the path of the Martha Washington.

His son became aware at a young age that no one would finally take care of him. There was little time to be a child. By the time Corbino enrolled in DuMond’s classes at the Art Students League in 1922, ASL was the most important art school in the United States, and it had recently hired additional instructors who were advancing fresh ideas. Just the year Apprentice 23 before, Joseph Pennell had begun classes for the study of graphic arts, and Corbino was quick to join when he arrived. 3 The “variety of instruction and the many schools of thought represented by the staff divide[d] the students into many camps, and discussion of practical and theoretical art matters [was] always in progress between classes” (Landgren, 101).

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