Richard Rodriguez

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American essayist and journalist Richard Rodriguez, whose autobiographical essays are frequently assigned in college writing courses, is best known to readers as a memoirist and cultural critic who writes about issues of race, language, and identity. His three autobiographical books—Hunger of Memory, Days of Obligation, and Brown—have gained Rodriguez a reputation as both a prose stylist and a provocative essayist who is not afraid to take a controversial stance when writing about both the personal and public dimensions of politically-charged issues such as assimilation, affirmative action, and bilingual education.  

Though he might object to being classified as an “ethnic” writer …

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Garcia, Michael Nieto. "Richard Rodriguez". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 May 2011
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