Born in the town of Grammichele (province of Catania) in 1884, Agrippino Manteo was orphaned at the age of four. Although he and his sister subsequently lived with their grandmother, Agrippino often ran away due to her harsh measures and the incessant farm chores. The puppeteer Pepino Crimi, whose father had established a theater in 1858, took the boy under his wing, setting the stage for a life devoted to Sicilian opera dei pupi (puppet theater) across three continents.
At the age of twenty-one Agrippino immigrated to Mendoza, Argentina, with his wife, Catarina, and their first child, Ida (neé Agata, also known as Aida). He worked as a baker while constructing marionettes, and, when he had amassed a sufficient number, …
Cavallo, Jo Ann. "Agrippino Manteo". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 20 March 2012
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