Memoir is Rosario Ferré's account of her life both as a writer and as a member of a family at the center of the economic and political history of Puerto Rico during the American Century, one hundred years of territorial "non-incorporation" into the United States. The autobiography tells the story of Ferré's transformation from the daughter of a privileged family into a celebrated novelist, poet, and essayist concerned with the welfare of Puerto Ricans, and with the difficulties of being a woman in Puerto Rican society. It is a snapshot of twentieth-century Puerto Rico through the lens of a writer profoundly aware of her social position. It is a picture taken from the perspective of a keen observer of the local history of the island, and of the history of the United States. Included are many photographs that connect Ferré's life with the story of her writing career.
"Memoir is a slim volume, the main body of which - framed between a prologue and an epilogue - comprises two sections: "The Word Became Flesh" and "How I Began to Write." The epilogue is followed by "Upon Entering the Academy," a reproduction of the essay that Ferré wrote for the occasion of her induction into the Puerto Rican Academy of the Spanish Language in 2007. Taken together, the book's various sections and its many black-and-white photographs offer an intimate and yet strangely disjointed look into the mind, life, and work of one of the hispanophone Caribbean's most notable - and most notably feminist - writers."
-Rachel L. Mordecai, University of Massachusetts Amherst; SX Salon 24, February 2017
"Memoir is an indispensable book. It is a candid and thoughtful conversation with on of Puerto Rico's greatest literary voices, a book filled with wry humor and tenderness in which Ferré's rebellious spirit still shines through."
- Aníbal González, Yale University
About the author:
Rosario Ferré Ramírez de Arellano is a Puerto Rican writer, poet, and essayist.
About the translators:
Suzanne Hintz is the author of a scholarly book and of numerous articles about the works of Rosario Ferré.
Benigno Trigo is the son of the writer and a professor of Spanish American Literature at Vanderbilt University.
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