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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 1890 ...more
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Published April 30th 2002 by Penguin Classics
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Paul Haspel
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Seldom does one encounter a phenomenon like José Martí. A poet who transformed the way poetry was written in his society; a journalist with an unfailing eye for the telling detail, along with an unwavering moral compass; an inspiring orator; a fervent and impassioned advocate for the independence of his beloved Cuba – he was a true Renaissance man, who in his short life carried within his great heart the spirit and the aspirations of an entire people. For Cuba, he was Robert Frost and Thomas Pai ...more
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Marti, Jose. SELECTED WRITINGS. ****.
Marti (1853-1895) was the most renowned political and literary figure in the history of Cub. Penguin Classics has gathered together, in a new translation by Esther Allen, selections from his poetry, essays, speeches and occassional writings. Based on the samples in this collection, his literary output was very large, especially including his reportage as a foreign correspondent while living in America. In my opinion, his writing was mostly second-rate. He t
Natalie Zarowny
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
I have to say I liked this book more after discussing it in class. By itself it seemed a bit wordy. (Am I a bad Cuban for saying that?) All in all, I'm glad I read it. My favorite part were the poems.
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Some of the essays were interesting, but it was pretty hard to follow.
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Born José Julián Martí y Pérez, he was a Cuban nationalst leader and an important figure in Latin American literature. During his short life he was a poet, an essayist, a journalist, a revolutionary philosopher, a professor, and a political theorist. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol for Cuba's bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century, and is referred to ...more
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