"WITH HOPE": FIRST EDITION OF THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET, INSCRIBED BY SANDRA CISNEROS
CISNEROS, Sandra. The House on Mango Street. Houston: Arte Publico Press, 1983. Octavo, original pictorial paper wrappers. $975.
First edition of this powerful novel about a Mexican-American girl growing up in Chicago, winner of the 1985 American Book Award, inscribed on the half title: "To Teodoro with hope. Sandra Cisneros. 25 de Sept. Berkeley 1984."
"Afortunado! Lucky! Lucky the generation who grew up with Esperanza and The House on Mango Street. And lucky future readers. This funny, beautiful book will always be with us" (Maxine Hong Kingston). "Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage… and seduces with precise, spare prose, creat[ing] unforgettable characters we want to lift off the page. She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one" (New York Times). This first printing was exceptionally small—500 copies according to the publisher.
Interior fine, light wear and toning to extremities of bright original wrappers. A near-fine inscribed copy.