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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: 9781101153673
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 629,113
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Jose Marti: An Introduction
Chronology
Suggestions for Further Reading
Earliest Writings 1
Abdala 3
Letter to His Mother from Prison 7
Political Prison in Cuba 9
1871-1881 19
Notebooks 1-3 21
Early Journalism 26
The Poor Neighborhoods of Mexico City 26
Sarah Bernhardt 28
Impressions of America (by a very fresh Spaniard) 32
1882-1890 41
Poetry 43
Prologue to Juan Antonio Perez Bonalde's Poem of Niagara 43
Ismaelillo 52
Waking Dream 52
Fragrant Arms 53
My Kinglet 53
Son of My Soul 54
Free Verses 56
My Verses 57
The Swiss Father 58
Famous Island 60
Love in the City 62
I Hate the Sea 66
Winged Cup 68
Notebooks 4-15 72
Undated Fragment 78
A Passion 79
from The Golden Age 82
Pin the Tail on the Donkey: A New Game and Some Old Ones 83
Letters from New York 89
Coney Island 89
The Trial of Guiteau 94
Prizefight 107
Emerson 116
Tributes to Karl Marx, Who Has Died 130
from La America 140
The Brooklyn Bridge 140
The Glossograph 145
Indigenous Art 146
Mexico, the United States, and Protectionism 149
Graduation Day 152
The Indians in the United States 157
The World's Biggest Explosion 164
Impressionist Painters 167
A Great Confederate Celebration 171
The Cutting Case 176
The Poet Walt Whitman 183
Class War in Chicago: A Terrible Drama 195
A Walking Marathon 219
New York Under Snow 225
Blaine's Night 231
A Chinese Funeral 237
Inauguration Day 244
Political Correspondence 255
Letter to Emilio Nunez 255
Letter to General Maximo Gomez 257
A Vindication of Cuba 261
1891-1894 269
Poetry 270
Simple Verses 270
Prologue 270
I (I am an honest man) 272
III (I hate the masks and vices) 276
XXVIII (Past the manor with the tomb) 278
XXX (Blood-hued lightning cleaves) 280
XXXVI (Yes, I know: flesh) 282
XLV (I dream of marble cloisters) 282
Notebooks 18-20 286
Letters from New York 288
Our America 288
The Lynching of the Italians 296
The Monetary Conference of the American Republics 304
A Town Sets a Black Man on Fire 310
from Patria 314
The Abolition of Slavery in Puerto Rico 314
My Race 318
To Cuba! 321
The Truth About the United States 329
1895 335
Politics 337
The Montecristi Manifesto 337
Final Correspondence 346
Letter to His Mother 346
Letter to Manuel Mercado 346
War Diaries 350
Pt. I From Montecristi to Cap-Haitien 350
Pt. II From Cap-Haitien to Dos Rios 380
Afterword 415
Notes 419
Index 449
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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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