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From the Publisher"The publication of Herencia marks the formal birth in the academy of an entire genre of literature. For an apt comparison, we would have to turn to comparable anthologies of American literature first published in the nineteenth century. Nicolas Kanellos has made a major contribution to redefining even what it means to speak of 'American' literature." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
"0nce in a while, a book comes along which topples institutional thinking and set beliefs. Herencia is such a book! Nicolas Kanellos's brilliant introduction is more than that. It is a manifesto. A turning-point document of American literary history."—Ishmael Reed
"Finally a major, out-reaching, reliable map of the Hispanic experience in the U.S. With impressive range, texture, and resonance, Herencia illuminates the history, emotions, and meaning of Hispanic-American life. Because of his long-standing devotion to this literature, only Nicolas Kanellos could have been able to accomplish this task with such authority and care. As a living memory, this magnificent book opens its pages to the cross-cultural language of our best future."—Julio Ortega, Professor of Hispanic Studies, Brown University
"Libraries should own a copy of Herencia; teachers should incorporate it into classes on American and U.S. Hispanic literature, history, politics, or cultural diversity; students should turn to it for authoritative excerpts of Hispanic writing; and general readers should browse Herencia for its sheer insight into the literary and historical legacy of contemporary Hispanic culture."—Hispanic Outlook
"Ten years in the making, this anthology is an unprecedented collection of writing in North America from the age of the Spanish explorers in the 16th century to the present.... Herencia is absolutely indispensable."—Library Journal