2900 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11210, United States
In 1955, Joseph received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Iowa City, Iowa 52242, United States
In 1956, Ricapito attained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa.
Los Angeles, California 90095, United States
In 1966, Ricapito got a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Romance Languages from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Order of Isabella the Catholic
(This is a collection of short stories in the tradition of...)
This is a collection of short stories in the tradition of Boccaccio.
(In "Fratelli", the four Falcone brothers leave their smal...)
In "Fratelli", the four Falcone brothers leave their small Southern Italian town in an attempt to save the family granite cutting business. This is a story of a family divided, as some prosper in America, some do not and others are left behind to face a war.
(In this satirical take on the goings on in the halls of a...)
In this satirical take on the goings on in the halls of academia, Christian private-college style, Ricapito tells the story of Bert Russo, a naive professor, who learns the hard way, that making waves (especially political ones) can lead to dire consequences. In the end, having exposed the hypocrisy and two-faced actions of his colleagues and having lost both his wife and job, Bert is finally at peace with himself.
In 1955, Joseph received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. The following year, in 1956, he attained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Iowa. Later, Ricapito continued his education at the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Romance Languages in 1966.
During the period from 1957 till 1959, Joseph served in the United States Army. In 1962, he began his career as an instructor at Pomona College, Claremont and later was promoted to the post of an assistant professor at the same college. Ricapito continued to work at Pomona College until 1970.
Between 1970-1980, Joseph held positions of an associate professor and professor at Indiana University Bloomington. In 1980, he was appointed a professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, where he spent over 30 years, teaching languages and literature. Also, during the period from 1980 till 1985, Ricapito acted as a chairman of the department of Spanish and Portuguese at the same educational establishment.
In 1999, he was made a Joseph S. Yenni distinguished Professor of Italian Studies at Louisiana State University. Later, Joseph retired as a Professor Emeritus from the same educational establishment.
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Joseph was a member of the Modern Language Association of America, Renaissance Society of America and American Comparative Literature Association. Also, he was a member of board of directors and past president of Greater Baton Rouge American Italian Association.
Joseph was a great cook and an avid soccer fan, rooting for Manchester United. He loved to travel and was on almost all the continents. Moreover, Ricapito served lunch every Wednesday at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, where he handed out toys to every child.
Joseph married Carolyn Sue Kitchen on April 7, 1958. Their marriage produced two children — Frank Peyton and Maria Avadna.