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A Writer Protests

December 17, 1991

Ms. Elsa Dixler
Literary Editor
"The Nation"
72 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10011

Dear Ms. Dixler:

During the 1960's and into the 70's I wrote many articles and book reviews for The Nation, for Mr. Carey McWilliams, editor at the time. Several of those articles were about a subject that greatly interested him, Mexican-American culture. I'm proud to have written extensively for such a fine man and journal.

My new novel, The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez, issued in late September by Arcade/Little, Brown, describes a day in the life of a Mexican-American woman living with her family in Los Angeles today, amid the bigotry, poverty, gang wars, police raids. Since my book also explores Amalia's early years in El Paso, Texas, my own hometown, some chapters employ material, now fictionalized, that was included in my Nation articles.

Wherever it's been reviewed, my book has received high praise and its timeliness has been commented on. Two notable exceptions--where my novel has not been reviewed--are The Nation and The New York Times Book Review.

About the latter: Several prominent literary persons have written to the editor calling attention to my book. These persons include Carolyn See and Earl Shorris, both of whom write frequently for the NYTBR. (Indeed, last year Mr. Shorris wrote an essay front-paged there and titled "In Search of the Latino Writer," in which he mentioned me prominently.) Despite this support, no review has appeared in the NYTBR.

Or in The Nation. And so just in case the advance galleys and the review copy previously sent to you did not manage to reach you, I'm enclosing another copy of my The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez in the hope that you'll consider it a book worth bringing to the attention of your readers.

I've long lamented that my once-prominent association with

The Nation halted with new editors, for reasons unknown to me.

I do look forward to your response.

Yours truly,

John Rechy


P.S. I'm sending a copy of the novel, too--with a letter--to Mr. Art Winslow, since I'm not sure who assigns reviews now.

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