Richard Rodríguez


Born
in San Francisco, The United States
July 31, 1944


Richard Rodríguez is an American writer who became famous as the author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodríguez (1982). His work has appeared in Harper's, The American Scholar, the Los Ángeles Times Magazine, and The New Republic. Richard's awards include the Frankel Medal from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the International Journalism Award from the World Affairs Council of California. He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in non-fiction; and the National Book Critics' Award.

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Hunger of Memory: The Educa...

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Brown: The Last Discovery o...

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Days of Obligation: An Argu...

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Darling: A Spiritual Autobi...

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Solo in the 70s

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Think and Grow Free

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Re-Introducing God: From Ge...

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Prophecy

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“The drama of the essay is the way the public life intersects with my personal and private life. It's in that intersection that I find the energy of the essay.”
Richard Rodriguez

“But one does not forget by trying to forget. One only remembers.”
Richard Rodriguez, Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez

“Books should confuse. Literature abhors the typical. Literature flows to the particular, the mundane, the greasiness of paper, the taste of warm beer, the smell of onion or quince. Auden has a line: "Ports have names they call the sea." Just so will literature describe life familiarly, regionally, in terms life is accustomed to use -- high or low matters not. Literature cannot by this impulse betray the grandeur of its subject -- there is only one subject: What it feels like to be alive. Nothing is irrelevant. Nothing is typical.”
Richard Rodriguez, Brown: The Last Discovery of America

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