Terri de la Peña is a novelist, short story writer, and children's book author whose writings deal with complex issues of
identity, homophobia, assimilation and resistance focusing on the lives of Chicana lesbians. This collection contains materials
related to the creation, dissemination, publication and revision of both fictional and nonfictional works by Terri de la Peña.
The bulk of the collection is made up of drafts of her first novel, Margins, also considered to be the first Chicana novel.
The collection includes correspondence, contractual information, promotional materials, drafts and notes.
Mary Theresa de la Peña was born on February 20, 1947 in Santa Monica California. She is a fifth generation Californian. Her
father, Joaquin de la Pena, was a tire repair foreman; her mother, Juanita Escobedo, owned a beauty shop. De la Pena was educated
in Santa Monica parochial schools and at Santa Monica Community College. She is a self-taught writer. She wrote her first
novel, Margins, while employed as an academic affairs assistant with the College of Letters and Science at the University of California
Los Angeles. The majority of her work is in short story form, although she wrote several novels. Her narratives revolve around
the myriad cultural and social issues facing Chicana lesbians such as a search for identity, cultural assimilation, class
consciousness, historical awareness, internal and external racism, homophobia and visibility.
15 document boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
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