Rosario Ferre
Puerto Rico
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Ferré was born in Ponce on the southern coast of Puerto Rico in 1938 to a family influential in business and politics. Her father, Luis Ferré, was a pro-statehood governor of the commonwealth from 1968 to 1972. Among Rosario Ferré's books is a biography of her father. She was educated at Manhattanville College, the University of Puerto Rico (where she studied with Mario Vargas Llosa) and the University of Maryland. In the early 1970s, she began her writing career as editor and publisher of Zona de Carga y Descarga, an important journal devoted to new Puerto Rican literature. A professor at the University of Puerto Rico and contributing editor for the San Juan Star, she has written poetry, criticism and biography, in addition to the fiction for which she is best known. She has been a visiting professor at Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University and from 1977 to 1980 wrote a column of literary criticism for the Puerto Rican newspaper El Mundo. Ferré's new novel, The House on the Lagoon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $23), is her fourth book published in English. The other three are the novellas Sweet Diamond Dust and The Battle of Virgins, and a collection of short stories, The Youngest Doll.
  • The House on The Lagoon (1995)

Books & Authors: Rosario Ferre


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