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The Resource About my life and the kept woman : a memoir, John Rechy

About my life and the kept woman : a memoir, John Rechy

Label
About my life and the kept woman : a memoir
Title
About my life and the kept woman
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
John Rechy
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Rechy was raised Mexican American in El Paso, Texas, at a time when Latino children were routinely separated from their Anglo classmates for daily lice checks and English pronunciation lessons, and being proud of who you were was unheard of. Because of his light skin, he was often assumed to be Anglo, and his name was "changed" by a teacher, from Juan to John. As he grew older - and as his fascination deepened with the memory of a notorious kept woman in his childhood - Rechy became "a ghost boy" who preferred to be alone, feeling different in his heritage and, eventually, in his sexuality. While he performed the roles others wanted for him, he never allowed anyone to define him - whether the authoritarians in the U.S. Army, the bigoted relatives of his Anglo college classmates, or the men and women who wanted him to be something he was not." "In these pages, Rechy opens up about the reality behind the events in his famous autobiographical novel, City of Night, and introduces a new vibrant cast of characters: his loving Mexican mother and violent Scottish father; Alicia, an enigmatic young woman whose life intertwines with his from El Paso to San Francisco; and a roster of such luminaries as Allen Ginsberg and Christopher Isherwood." "Navigating the Depression, the Second World War, the Watts Riots, and the Vietnam War protests, About My Life and the Kept Woman is a story of a life that bears witness to some of the most turbulent changes of the past century. It is an indictment of intolerance and a portrait of an individual who defied it to forge his own path."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rechy, John
Dewey number
  • 813/.54
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.E28
LC item number
Z46 2008
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rechy, John
  • Mexican American authors
  • Gay authors
Label
About my life and the kept woman : a memoir, John Rechy
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
166367814
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
356 pages, 15 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802118615
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)166367814
Label
About my life and the kept woman : a memoir, John Rechy
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
166367814
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
356 pages, 15 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780802118615
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)166367814

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