The Latino Reader: An American Literary Tradition from 1542 to the Present

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The Latino Reader is the first anthology to present the full history of this important American literary tradition, from the mid-sixteenth century to the present day. Selections include works of history, memoirs, letters, and essays, as well as fiction, poetry, and drama. Adding to the importance of the volume are several selections from rare and little-known texts that have been translated into English for the first time.

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Overview

The Latino Reader is the first anthology to present the full history of this important American literary tradition, from the mid-sixteenth century to the present day. Selections include works of history, memoirs, letters, and essays, as well as fiction, poetry, and drama. Adding to the importance of the volume are several selections from rare and little-known texts that have been translated into English for the first time.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Anthologies of Latino literature abound, and rightly so, but most focus on contemporary authors. Augenbraum and Olmos dig deeper, tracing the roots of this vibrant literary tradition all the way back to the mid-sixteenth century. They have selected strikingly effective works of history, memoirs, letters, essays, poetry, drama, and fiction, including texts translated into English for the first time, creating a broad range of voices and perspectives. The volume begins with Alva Nunez Cabeza de Vaca's Account, a chronicle of a disastrous 1527 expedition in the Southwest that is emblematic of all encounters between Spanish conquistadores and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. This powerful piece serves as the anthology's overture, and establishes Latino literature's key cultural and political themes. Other compelling and enlightening offerings include works by William Carlos Williams, a poet whose Puerto Rican heritage has rarely been considered integral to his poetic innovations; novelist John Rechy; Cleofas Jaramillo, a descendent of hispano pioneers; and a host of remarkable Latino writers prominent in decades past but overlooked in recent compilations." Booklist, ALA
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The compilers, scholars who have studied and written about the Latino population in the United States, have put together an anthology of literary works dealing with the panorama of Latino writings in the United States. The selections range widely, from Cabeza de Vaca's 1542 description of the South to recent excerpts from Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Mexican American authors. The collection is primarily literary though it does include some historical, autobiographical, and essay excerpts. It offers what would be expected in this type of anthology, with an occasional surprise, such as an excerpt from John Rechy's novel City of Night. Readers will be primarily college and university students, but this will also be of value to smaller public libraries with limited Latino collections. [Editor Augenbraum is a longtime LJ reviewer.-Ed.]-Mark L. Grover, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, Utah
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395765289
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 702,763
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

HAROLD AUGENBRAUM is the executive director of the National BookFoundation. He lives in the Bronx, New York.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: An American Literary Tradition
Editor's Note
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca4
The Account [1542/1555]5
Inca, Garcilaso de la Vega17
Florida [1605]18
Gaspar Perez de Villagra22
The History of New Mexico [1610]23
Fray Mathias Saenz de San Antonio33
Lord, If the Shepherd Does Not Hear [1724]34
Unknown Author42
The Comanches [ca. 1780]43
Francisco Palou56
The Historic Account of the Life and Apostolic Work of the Venerable Fray Junipero Serra [1787]57
Jose Maria Heredia66
Niagara [1824]67
Eulalia Perez71
An Old Woman Remembers [1877]72
Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton80
The Squatter and the Don [1885]81
Jose Marti98
A Vindication of Cuba [1889]99
Simple Verses [1891]105
Pachin Marin108
New York from Within [1892]108
In the Album of an Unknown Woman [1892]112
Improvisation [1892]113
Eusebio Chacon114
The Son of the Storm [1892]114
Unknown Author132
The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez [ca. 1901]133
Leonor Villegas de Magnon141
The Rebel [ca. 1920]142
William Carlos Williams155
To Elsie [1923]156
All the Fancy Things [1927]158
Arthur A. Schomburg159
Jose Campeche 1752-1809 [1934]160
Bernardo Vega165
Memoirs of Bernardo Vega [ca. 1944]166
Josephina Niggli173
Mexican Village [1945]174
Mario Suarez201
Cuco Goes to a Party [1947]202
Julia de Burgos208
Returning [1947]209
Farewell in Welfare Island [1953]210
Cleofas Jaramillo211
Romance of a Little Village Girl [1955]212
Pedro Juan Soto220
God in Harlem [1956]221
Jose Antonio Villarreal236
Pocho [1959]237
Americo Paredes248
The Hammon and the Beans [1963]248
John Rechy253
City of Night [1963]254
Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales265
I Am Joaquin [1967]266
Piri Thomas279
Down These Mean Streets [1967]280
Victor Hernandez Cruz285
Today Is a Day of Great Joy [1969]286
African Things [1973]287
Alurista287
el maguey en su desierto [1971]288
must be the season of the witch [1971]289
to be fathers once again [1971]289
Tomas Rivera290
...And the Earth Did Not Devour Him [1971]291
Rudolfo Anaya295
Bless Me, Ultima [1972]296
Oscar "Zeta" Acosta307
The Revolt of the Cockroach People [1973]308
Nicholasa Mohr317
Nilda [1973]318
Pedro Pietri328
Puerto Rican Obituary [1973]329
Miguel Pinero337
Short Eyes [1974]338
A Lower East Side Poem [1980]349
Dolores Prida351
Beautiful Senoritas [1977]352
Luis Valdez364
Zoot Suit [1978]365
Tato Laviera378
My Graduation Speech [1979]379
AmeRican [1985]380
Sandra Maria Esteves382
From the Commonwealth [1979]383
A la Mujer Borrinquena [1980]384
Lourdes Casal385
For Ana Veldford [1981]385
Lorna Dee Cervantes
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