Bless Me Ultima Book Cover,

Dennis Martinez

Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya. First Edition, Quinto Sol Publications, Berkeley California, 1972.
Collection of Dr. Raphael Guerra and Sandra Castro-Guerra | Colección de Dr. Raphael Guerra y Sandra Castro-Guerra
Photo courtesy of Jason Murgo | Imagen cortesía de Jason Murgo

Curatorial Text

First published in 1972, Bless Me, Ultima is one of the most critically acclaimed and widely read works of Chicano literature. The novel is both a coming-of-age story and a powerful narrative about spirituality, place, and identity. As recently as 2017, it was banned in parts of Texas. Author Rudolfo Anaya asks, “What was its threat, I’ve asked myself over the years.  Why did censors burn Bless Me, Ultima? I concluded that those in power in the schools did not want a reflection on my way of life in the school.”