Between Two Worlds
by Américo Paredes
Publication Date: 1990
Bind: Trade Paperback
This collection comprises poems written in the 1930s and 1940s by a famous folklorist, novelist and mentor of at least two generations of Chicano scholars and writers.
Between Two Worlds is a life’s work in poetry by the famous folklorist, novelist and mentor of at least two generations, of Chicano scholars and writers. Between Two Worlds is a selection of Paredes’ poetry from the 1930s and 1940sm sine if which was published in Texas newspapers. Consequently the poetry has both historical and literary merit. Paredes calls his poems “the scribblings of a ‘proto-Chicano’ of a half-century ago.” He is indeed the one clear forerunner of the flourishing of Chicano literature that occurred in the last two decades; his themes, styles and political stances have all become the mainstays of today’s literature and world view.
“[Paredes] has collected works in English and Spanish that are angry and beautiful and bitter and sensual, filled with longing and futility.”—Texas Books in Review
AMÉRICO PAREDES (1915-1999) was Professor Emeritus of English and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin. Best known for his ground-breaking study of Mexican American folklore, With His Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero, which became the basis for the PBS film, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, in 1989, Paredes was awarded the Charles Frankel Prize by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the contributions he has made during his distinguished career in folklore and literature. In 1990 he was awarded the Order of the Águila Azteca by the Mexican Government for the preservation of Mexican culture in the United States.