A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra Cisneros

By Sandra Cisneros

From the writer of The condo on Mango Street, a richly illustrated compilation of precise tales and nonfiction items that, taken jointly, shape a jigsaw autobiography—an intimate album of a cherished literary legend.

From the Chicago neighborhoods the place she grew up and set her groundbreaking The apartment on Mango Street to her dwelling house in Mexico in a area the place “my ancestors lived for centuries,” the locations Sandra Cisneros has lived have supplied proposal for her now-classic works of fiction and poetry. yet a home of her personal, the place she might really take root, has eluded her. With this collection—spanning 3 many years, and together with never-before-published work—Cisneros has come domestic ultimately.

Ranging from the personal (her parents’ loving and tempestuous marriage) to the political (a rallying cry for one woman’s liberty in Sarajevo) to the literary (a tribute to Marguerite Duras), and written together with her trademark lyricism, those signature items remember transformative stories in addition to display her defining creative and highbrow impacts. Poignant, sincere, deeply relocating, this is often an exuberant get together of a lifestyles in writing lived to the fullest.

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In this context it isn’t surprising to see a book on Harry Potter published by the Left-wing London press Verso printing the following disclaimer on its front cover, above a picture of a pot overflowing with money: Verso is delighted to make it clear that this book is not part of the Harry Potter series. K. Rowling and Bloomsbury Publishing plc have spent very substantial sums of money marketing, advertising and protecting the Harry Potter brand. (Blake 2002) Indeed, this book, by cultural studies critic Andrew Blake, sees the Potter phenomenon almost entirely in terms of brand names and merchandizing.

However, writers of popular fiction functioned as ‘brand names’ long before the 1950s. Marie Corelli, who was Britain’s bestselling writer during her lifetime and received publishers’ advances of around £10,000 a title, was avidly read by Queen Victoria, Prime Minister Gladstone and the Prince of Wales. W. Griffiths in 1927, starring Lya de Putti. S. Turner notes that a town in 28 Defining the field Colorado was named after her and that, like Shakespeare and Robert Burns before her, she had her own ‘tear-off calendar’ with her thoughts of the day on each page (Turner 1999: 30).

Marie Corelli, who was Britain’s bestselling writer during her lifetime and received publishers’ advances of around £10,000 a title, was avidly read by Queen Victoria, Prime Minister Gladstone and the Prince of Wales. W. Griffiths in 1927, starring Lya de Putti. S. Turner notes that a town in 28 Defining the field Colorado was named after her and that, like Shakespeare and Robert Burns before her, she had her own ‘tear-off calendar’ with her thoughts of the day on each page (Turner 1999: 30). For John Sutherland, in fact, ‘Marie Corelli’s place is in the history of celebrity, not literature’ (Sutherland 1999: 36); tied to the logic of entertainment, her name comes to stand for a set of available values and positions in society.

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