Jose Marti: Selected Writings

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José Martí (1853-1895) is the most renowned political and literary figure in the history of Cuba. A poet, essayist, orator, statesman, abolitionist, and the martyred revolutionary leader of Cuba's fight for independence from Spain, Martí lived in exile in New York for most of his adult life, earning his living as a foreign correspondent. Throughout the 1880s and early 1890s, Martí's were the eyes through which much of Latin America saw the United States. His impassioned, kaleidoscopic evocations of that period in...

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Overview

José Martí (1853-1895) is the most renowned political and literary figure in the history of Cuba. A poet, essayist, orator, statesman, abolitionist, and the martyred revolutionary leader of Cuba's fight for independence from Spain, Martí lived in exile in New York for most of his adult life, earning his living as a foreign correspondent. Throughout the 1880s and early 1890s, Martí's were the eyes through which much of Latin America saw the United States. His impassioned, kaleidoscopic evocations of that period in U.S. history, the assassination of James Garfield, the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, the execution of the Chicago anarchists, the lynching of the Italians in New Orleans, and much more, bring it rushing back to life.

Organized chronologically, this collection begins with his early writings, including a thundering account of his political imprisonment in Cuba at age sixteen. The middle section focuses on his journalism, which offers an image of the United States in the nineteenth century, its way of life and system of government, that rivals anything written by de Tocqueville, Dickens, Trollope, or any other European commentator. Including generous selections of his poetry and private notebooks, the book concludes with his astonishing, hallucinatory final masterpiece, "War Diaries", never before translated into English.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142437049
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 686,801
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Translated by Esther Allen with an Introduction by Roberto González Echevarría

José Martí: An Introduction by Roberto González Echevarría Chronology Suggestions for Further Reading

Earliest Writings
Abdala Letter to His Mother from Prison Political Prison in Cuba

1871-1881
Notebooks 1-3
Early Journalism:
The Poor Neighborhoods of Mexico City Sarah Bernhardt Impressions of America (by a very fresh Spaniard)

1882-1890
Poetry:
Prologue to Juan Antonio Pérez Bonalde's Poem of Niagara

Ismaelillo:
Waking Dream/Sueño despierto Fragrant Arms/Brazos fragantes My Kinglet/Mi reyecillo Son of My Soul/Hijo del alma

Free Verses/Versos libres:
My Verses The Swiss Father/El padre suizo Famous Island/Isla famosa Love in the City/Amor de ciudad grande I Hate the Sea/Odio el mar Winged Cup/Copa con alas

Notebooks 4-15:
Undated Fragment A Passion

from The Golden Age:
Pin the Tail on the Donkey: A New Game and Some Old Ones

Letters from New York:
Coney Island The Trial of Guiteau Prizefight Emerson Tribute to Karl Marx, Who Has Died from La América: The Brooklyn Bridge; The Glossograph; Indigenous Art; Mexico, the United States, and Protectionism; Graduation Day The Indians in the United States The World's Biggest Explosion Impressionist Painters A Great Confederate Celebration The Cutting Case The Poet Walt Whitman Class War in Chicago: A Terrible Drama A Walking Marathon New York Under Snow Blaine's Night A Chinese Funeral Inauguration Day

Political Correspondecne:
Letter to Emilio Núñez Letter to General Máximo Gómez A Vindication of Cuba

1891-1894
Poetry:
Simple Verses/Versos sencillos:
Prologue I (I am an honest man/Yo soy un hombre sincero)
III (I hate the masks and vices/Odio la máscara y vicio)
XXVIII (Past the manor with the tomb/Por la tumba del cortijo)
XXX (Blood-hued lightning cleaves/El rayo surca, sangriento)
XXXVI (Yes, I know: flesh/Ya sé: de carne se puede)
XLV (I dream of marble cloisters/Sueño con claustros de mármol)

Notebooks 18-20

Letters from New York:
Our America The Lynching of the Italians The Monetary Conference of the American Republics A Town Sets a Black Man on Fire

from Patria:
The Abolition of Slavery in Puerto Rico My Race To Cuba!
The Truth About the United States

1895
Politics:
The Montecristi Manifesto

Final Correspondence:
Letter to His Mother Letter to Manuel Mercado

War Diaries:
Part I: From Montecristi to Cap-Haïtien Part II: From Cap-Haïtien to Dos Ríos

Afterword by Esther Allen Notes Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    The 21 st Century

    I am very thankful for writers and philosopher like Jose Marti, Hans Christian Andersen and so many more throught the World that had the Magic to entertain us, an teach us how beautiful is to dream, I want to say that I wish that more human beings have aspirations to teach children that they have the right to dream and maybe all those sick adult who abuse children can be abolish from this world.

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