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Sandra Cisneros Biography

(1945– ), The House on Mango Street, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories, Bad Boys

American poet and novelist of Mexican-American extraction, born in Chicago, educated at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Her novel The House on Mango Street (1983) draws heavily upon childhood memories and an unadorned childlike idiom in its depiction of life in the Chicano community. Issues of racial and sexual oppression, poverty, and violence are explored in a number of interconnected vignettes which together form a modified autobiographical structure. Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (1991) continues the exploration of ethnic identity within the patriarchal context of Chicano culture. Bad Boys (1980) and My Wicked Wicked Ways (1987) are volumes of poems. See Latino/Latina Literature In English.

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