Chávez: A Distinctive American Clan of New Mexico

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Sunstone Press, 2009 - Reference - 180 pages
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He has been called a renaissance man and New Mexico's foremost twentieth-century humanist by biographer Ellen McCracken. Any way you measure his career, Fray Angelico Chavez was an unexpected phenomenon in the wide and sunlit land of the American Southwest. In the decades following his ordination as a Franciscan priest in 1937, Chavez performed the difficult duties of an isolated backcountry pastor. His assignments included Hispanic villages and Indian pueblos. As an army chaplain in World War II, he accompanied troops in bloody landings on Pacific islands, claiming afterwards that because of his small stature, Japanese bullets always missed him. In time, despite heavy clerical duties, Fray Angelico managed to become an author of note, as well as something of an artist and muralist. Upon all of his endeavors, one finds, understandably, the imprint of his religious perspective. During nearly seventy years of writing, he published almost two dozen books. Among them were novels, essays, poetry, biographies, and histories. All true aficionado's of the American Southwest's history and culture will profit by collecting and reading the significant body of work left to us by the remarkable Fray Ange1ico Chavez. Sunstone Press is now bringing back into print some of these rare titles."
 

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Fray (Friar) Angelico Chavez (1910-1996) was a Franciscan priest, poet, historian, translator, and visual artist. His numerous books include My Penitente Land: Reflections on Spanish New Mexico and The Short Stories of Fray Angelico Chavez (edited by Genaro Padilla).

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