Historical Context

Mexican-American History
Mexican Americans, who form the subject of Cisneros’s fiction, are the largest group of Hispanic...

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Literary Style

The story is unconventional in structure, consisting entirely of letters to the Virgin and other saints. The...

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Bibliography and Further Reading

Cisneros, Sandra, ‘‘Only Daughter,’’ in Glamour, November 1990, p. 256.

Jusawalla, Feroza,...

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(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Brackett, Virginia. A Home in the Heart: The Story of Sandra Cisneros. Greensboro, N.C.: Morgan Reynolds, 2005.

Cisneros, Sandra. “The Authorized Sandra Cisneros Web Site.” http://www.sandracisneros.com/home .html.

Cisneros, Sandra. “From a Writer’s Notebook: Ghosts and Voices—Writing from Obsessions, Do You Know Me? I Wrote The House on Mango Street.” The Americas Review 15 (Fall/Winter, 1987): 69-73, 77-79.

Jussawalla, Ferosz, and Reed W. Dasenbrock, eds. Interviews with Writers of the Post-Colonial World. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi,...

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Topics for Further Study

Investigate the history of Mexican immigration to the United States. Why do Mexicans cross the border? Why have they suffered discrimination?...

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What Do I Read Next?

Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street (1984) tells in poetry and prose the inspiring coming-ofage story of Esperanza Cordero, a young...

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