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, identity, and spirituality. His four autobiographical books—Hunger of Memory, Days of Obligation, Brown, and Darling—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, bilingual education, and gay marriage.

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Citation: Garcia, Michael Nieto. "Richard Rodriguez". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 May 2011; last revised 19 August 2015. [, accessed 28 September 2023.]

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