Becoming Americans : Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 10/15/2009
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA

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In nearly 100 entries, this first-of-its-kind collection presents the full range of the experience of coming to America--from the reasons for emigration, the journey itself, the shock of first arrival, and, above all, the struggle with the complexities of Americanization.

Author Biography

Ilan Stavans, editor, is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. His books include The Hispanic Condition and On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language. He edited Isaac Bashevis Singer: Collected Stories, volumes #149, #150, and #151 of The Library of America.

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