Ethnic Identity in Richard Wright and Richard Rodriguez
By Michael Nieto Garcia
$34.95 Paperback 978-0-8263-5232-3 January 2016
“An important contribution to the study of American life writing and an invaluable reassessment of the work of Richard Wright and Richard Rodriguez.”—Robert J. Butler, coeditor of TheRichardWrightEncyclopedia
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Abbey in America, published forty years after Abbey’s popular novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, features an all-star list of contributors, including journalists, authors, scholars, and two of Abbey’s best friends, as they explore Abbey’s ideas and legacy through their unique literary, personal, and scholarly perspectives.
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