Prologue: ‘‘Middle-Class Pastoral’’
In the prologue, Rodriguez introduces himself and his book, referring to it as ‘‘essays impersonating an autobiography; six chapters of sad, fugue-like repetition.’’ He makes clear that his purpose in putting together the book was to write about how education moved him from boyhood to manhood.
Chapter One: ‘‘Aria’’
In this essay, Rodriguez focuses on how the use of language has marked the difference between his public life and his private life. When he was a young child, he...
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