ELENA PONIATOWSKA: AN INTIMATE BIOGRAPHY
University of Arizona Press, 2007
Descended from the last king of Poland, born in France, educated at a British grade school in Mexico and a Catholic high school in the United States, Hélène Elizabeth Louise Amelie Paula Dolores Poniatowska Amor –otherwise known as Elena—is a passionate, socially conscious writer who is widely known in Mexico and who deserves to be better known everywhere else. Schuessler, who befriended Poniatowska more than fifteen years ago, is a knowledgeable guide to her engrossing life and equally engaging work. As befits her, his portrait is itself a literary collage, a “living kaleidoscope” that is constantly shifting to include a multiplicity of voices –those of fellow writers, literary critics, her nanny, her mother, and the writer herself – easily accessible to general readers and essential to scholars. Available in English for the first time, this insightful book includes 40 photographs and an annotated bibliography of Poniatowska’s works – those that have already been translated into English and those awaiting translation.
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