Conflicts of Interest: The Letters of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton

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Letters. Latino/Latina Studies. Mar?a Amparo Ruiz de Burton, the recently discovered nineteenth-century novelist, broke many of the boundaries that circumscribed the life of both women and Hispanics in the southwestern territories of the United States. Not only was she the first Hispanic novelist to write in English, but her courage and resolve took her into the circles of governmental and financial power where very few women had tread before. This volume is as complete a collection of the Ruiz de Burton letters ...

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Letters. Latino/Latina Studies. María Amparo Ruiz de Burton, the recently discovered nineteenth-century novelist, broke many of the boundaries that circumscribed the life of both women and Hispanics in the southwestern territories of the United States. Not only was she the first Hispanic novelist to write in English, but her courage and resolve took her into the circles of governmental and financial power where very few women had tread before. This volume is as complete a collection of the Ruiz de Burton letters as is possible, given the imperfect historical record. Included are various personal and business documents and a collection of articles about her and her family.

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Ruiz de Burton (1831-95), believed to be the first author of Mexican origin to write and publish novels in English in the United States, is the focus of this well-researched, comprehensive work on her life and correspondence. S nchez and Pita (Univ. of California, San Diego), internationally recognized authorities on the subject, also edited the recently reissued novels of Ruiz de Burton, The Squatter and the Don and Who Would Have Thought It? Here they provide the context for these novels and other writings in six chronological chapters. The editors have gathered extensive historical and critical commentary on the time period and on Ruiz de Burton's life, covering U.S., Mexican, and French history. These commentaries bring in-depth, contextual information to the letters, legal documents, court records, newspaper articles, and other documents that follow. Most of Ruiz de Burton's correspondence is in Spanish, her first language, and is here presented in the original without translation. The commentaries and the correspondence reveal an intelligent, spirited, persistent, enterprising writer and the tensions of gender, race, class, and nationality within her and within 19th-century American culture. This scholarly work, suited for bilingual readers, crosses the boundaries of gender studies, history, politics, economics, and literature. Highly recommended for academic and large public libraries, and Southwest collections. Jeris Cassel, Rutgers Univ. Libs., New Brunswick, NJ Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Ch. I Baja California
Letters and Documents: Baja and Family Background
1 MARB's biography of Don Jose Manuel Ruiz, written for the Bancroft Project 25
2 MARB's transcription of Don Jose Manuel's Letter 29
3 Last Will and Testament of Ysabel Ruiz de Maitorena 32
4 H. S. Burton's 1848 Letter to H. M. Naglee 42
5 Family Trees for Ruiz, Carrillo, and Burton Families 44
Ch. II From Baja to Monterey
Letters and Documents (1848-1852) 74
Ch. III Early San Diego and La Frontera
Letters and Documents (1851-1859)
1 MARB's Letters 140
2 Jose Matias Moreno's Letters on La Frontera 160
Ch. IV (Shifting) Frames of Reference: Southwest by East
Letters and Documents (1859-1870) 231
Ch. V Illustrations 363
Ch. VI Later San Diego: 1871-1895
Letters and Documents (1870-1895) 415
Ch. VII Narratives of Negative Identification
Documents
1 Book Reviews 564
2 Articles 573
3 Lower California Mining Company Brochure 586
4 Obituaries 604
5 MARB's petition as heir of H. S. Burton, her pension request, and other documents 613
6 Pio Pico's Deed to Jamul Ranch 620
7 Isabel Ruiz de Maytorena's suit against MARB 621
8 New York Times article on Ensenada 624
Unpublished References 629
Index to Letters 631
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