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Becoming Americans: Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing (hardcover)

Foreword by Pete Hamill Nearly | 100 selections by writers who traveled from over 40 different countries to American locales as diverse as seventeenth-century Jamestown and modern-day Los Angeles More
Edited by Ilan Stavans

“In his wide-ranging, expertly curated anthology, Becoming Americans, Ilan Stavans collects four centuries of immigrants’ stories, laying the works of comparative newcomers like Eva Hoffman, Felipe Alfau and Gary Shteyngart alongside the writing of early settlers, from religious dissidents fleeing persecution to slaves like Phillis Wheatley and Ayuba Suleiman Diallo…. Stavans’ anthology goes a long way toward contemplating the breadth of the American immigrant experience. For every tragic story collected here, there is one of joyful liberation or of perplexed amazement or, more commonly, of excitement followed by a long, slow adjustment tinged with hope, fear and regret.”—Maud Newton, NPR

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ISBN: 978-1-59853-051-3 724 pages

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