Published Works of Rudolfo Anaya
Rudolfo Anaya is a prolific writer who has produced work in every literary genre. This online bibliography includes Anaya's 16 novels, 10 children's works, 6 plays, poetry, and 12 non-fiction works. His work deals with themes of Chicano/a culture, religion and myth. Several of the books have been reissued and published in various editions, including large-print, books-on-tape and DVD, in various languages, and as graphic novels. See the Editions section of each work for a complete list of printings and formats.
A short novel published in 1984, in which Anaya reconstructs the famous story of La Llorona, delving into the tale's historical origins, mythological powers, and communal functio
Short Story Collections
Anaya's adaptation of the legend of La Llorona into a children's book. La Llorona, or the crying woman, is a legend known in many forms and versions across Latin America.
A collection of ten original and traditional stories set in New Mexico, including "Lupe and la Llorona," "The Shepherd Who Knew the Language of Animals," and "Coyote and Raven." --UNM Library
Roadrunner's Dance (2000)
In this original folkloric tale, Desert Woman creates "a new animal," with input from the existing desert creatures, to stand up to Rattlesnake, the self-styled "king of the road." She gathers clay
Andrés's grandpa Don Jacobo is a master santero, a carver of wooden saints, and the 10-year-old helps him make a statue of San Isidro during his holiday break from school.
How Hollyhocks Came to New Mexico is a fanciful folk tale that helps explain the beautiful flowers that can be seen in all parts of the Southwest in the summer and fall.
Published Excerpts from Anaya's Works
Translations (Retellings) in English
Anthologies Edited by Anaya
Cuentos Chicanos (1984)
A collection of twenty-one short stories in English and Spanish that demonstrate the changes and developments that have occured in the Chicano literary tradition over the last twenty years.
Flow of the River (1988)
Rudolfo Anaya has contributed the intoduction to this publication by the Hispanic Culture Foundation, which celebrates the art, architecture, literature, and other cultural traditions in New Mexico
With prose by Rudolfo Anaya, poetry by Denise Chavez, and photography by Juan Estevan Arellano, this volume reflects on the New Mexican tradition of erecting white cross altars on sideroads to come
Anthologies of Anaya's Writings
The Essays (2009)
A collection of essays by Rudolfo Anaya that address a wide range of issues, including censorship, racism, education, and sexual politics, as well as the tragedies and triumphs of his own life.
A collection of plays written by rudolfo Anaya, including The season of La Llorona, The farolitos of Christmas, Who killed Don José?, Matachines, Ay, compadre!, Billy the Kid, and Ang
Anthologies Edited by Anaya
"These 25 eminently readable stories by New Mexicans, many anthologized for the first time, reflect the heterogeneity of the state and its residents; alike only in that each expresses a unique resp