Julia Alvarez Analysis

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Julia Alvarez: Growing Up During a Dictatorship and Living to Tell the Tale One of the best ways both adults and children are able to express themselves is through poetry. Enjoyed by people of all ages across the globe, author Julia Alvarez, touched many hearts through her poetry and long fiction novels. A true lover of the literary arts, Alvarez used her life trials and tribulations to write a number of novels filled with astounding amounts of feeling an emotion. She even included specific events in her books that she lived during such as the reign of the dictator in the Dominican Republic. Throughout her life, Julia Alvarez used the thoughts and feelings she had during her time spent living under a dictatorship to write novels and poems…show more content…
Alavez states she, “...served as a writer-in-residence for the Kentucky Arts Commission.” and then proceeded to begin teaching to teach english at the California State University (Alvarez [Page 333]). Next, she left California University to return to Middlebury College in Vermont and remained there for 28 years until retiring to focus on her writing career (Weekly). Alvarez started her writing career publishing her first novel, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, in 1991. The story explained untold stories of the living condition in the Dominican Republic that were unknown to the rest of the world allowing it to become extremely popular in the United States. Continuing her literature career, Alvarez publishes the sequel In The Time of The Butterflies in 1994. Both of these novels were inspired by Alvarez’s background and childhood and became so popular due to the unknown content they contained and the amount of emotion Alvarez was able to write with (Alvarez 334). Following the publication of her first two novels Alvarez turned to poetry as a way to express her overabundance of emotion. She completed multiple poems including “The Otherside”, “Seven Trees”, “Cry Out” and “The Women I Kept to Myself” between 1995 and 2004. In addition, Alvarez completed four other long fiction works from 1997-2006 including, !Yo!, and Saving the World. Alvarez's novels and poems added up to be a very…show more content…
After her retirement, Alvarez moved to Vermont with her husband and opened a coffee shop as a supply of income. She also used her profits from her writing career to found a literary center called the Alta Garcia. Alvarez uses this center to teach others about literature and help them tap into their inner emotions offering a writing as a coping method to consult those emotions (World Biography
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