Bless me, Ultima

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Article in Adult Fiction, Big Read, Crossover Fiction, Hispanic, Historical, and Themes categories.

About the Author

Rudolfo Anaya began writing while working as a public school teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Following rejection by many publishers, Bless Me, Ultima was published in 1972 by El Grito, and he then went on to teach English Literature at the University of New Mexico. Following his retirement from the University, he has published the Sonny Baca mystery novels and a number of children's books.

The events in Bless Me, Ultima are drawn from his own experiences. He recorded further experiences in The Heart of Aztlan and Tortuga, which form a trilogy of fictionalized memoirs.

Other Works by Rudolfo Anaya

Anaya told reporters that this was the hardest book for him to write, recounting his experiences in a hospital following a serious swimming accident which also formed the basis for Florence's death in Bless Me, Ultima.

Books for Children by Rudolfo Anaya

What Else Were They Reading in the 1940's?

Some bestsellers of the time

1942 Lloyd C. Douglas, The Robe

1942 Franz Werfel, Song of Bernadette