Tomás Rivera, author of the award-winning novel …y no se lo tragó la tierra, passed away in 1985 and is commemorated in recollections by Rolando Hinojosa and Américo Paredes and studies of his prose and poetry by leading critics of Chicano literature.
“[This volume] demonstrates the growing importance given to Chicano literature in Europe, which will probably surprise many U.S. Scholars who still think of it as unworthy of serious study…this volume is a must for any student of Chicano literature.”–Hispanic
TOMÁS RIVERA (1935-1984) was born to a family of migrant farm workers in the South Texas town of Crystal City. In spite of moving constantly to work the crops, Rivera managed to graduate from high school. He went on to obtain a degree in English from Southwest Texas State University. He then earned a master’s degree in Spanish literature and a doctorate in Romance languages and literatures. He became a university administrator, and in 1979 he was appointed chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, a position he held for five years until his sudden death in 1984.
JULIÁN OLIVARES is a professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston.