Selected Writings

Selected Writings

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Jose Marti (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, Marti 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, Marti'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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  • Paperback | 462 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 294.83g
  • Penguin Books Australia
  • Hawthorn, Australia
  • English
  • 0142437042
  • 9780142437049
  • 385,268

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-Marti is the most remarkable figure in the history of Cuba....No English-language collection is as comprehensive as this handsome new addition to the Penguin Classics.---Tom Miller, The Los Angeles Times Book Review "Marti is the most remarkable figure in the history of Cuba....No English-language collection is as comprehensive as this handsome new addition to the Penguin Classics."--Tom Miller, The Los Angeles Times Book Review
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About Jose Marti

Jose Marti was a Cuban revolutionary and fighter for independence who was also known worldwide as a poet and a journalist. Referred to by many as the "Apostle of the Cuban Revolution," Marti was born in Havana in the middle of the 19th century. Marti's skills were not merely limited to creative writing, as he was also a very well-respected philosopher, translator, professor, publisher, Freemason, and political theorist. Esther Allen is an essayist and translator of Spanish and French. An associate professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, she directed the work of the PEN/Heim Translation Fund from its founding in 2003 to 2010, and cofounded PEN World Voices: the New York Festival of International Literature (2004). A two-time recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts translation fellowships, she was a fellow at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2009-2010. The French government has honored her as a Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres (2006). Visit her website at Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria is the Sterling Professor of Hispanic and Comparative Literatures at Yale University. He was awarded the 2010 National Humanities Medal by President Obama and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a number of other grants for his work as a critic of Latin American literature and culture.
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Table of contents

Translated by Esther Allen with an Introduction by Roberto González EchevarríaJosé Martí: An Introduction by Roberto González Echevarría
Suggestions for Further Reading
Earliest Writings
Letter to His Mother from Prison
Political Prison in Cuba
Notebooks 1-3
Early Journalism:
The Poor Neighborhoods of Mexico City
Sarah Bernhardt
Impressions of America (by a very fresh Spaniard)
Prologue to Juan Antonio Pérez Bonalde's Poem of Niagara
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
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
Simple Verses/Versos sencillos:
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
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
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