José Martí

9780292739062: Hardback
Release Date: 1st November 2014

11 b&w photos

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 430

Series Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture

University of Texas Press

José Martí

A Revolutionary Life

Hardback / £34.00

José Martí (1853–1895) was the founding hero of Cuban independence. In all of modern Latin American history, arguably only the "Great Liberator" Simón Bolívar rivals Martí in stature and legacy. Beyond his accomplishments as a revolutionary and political thinker, Martí was a giant of Latin American letters, whose poetry, essays, and journalism still rank among the most important works of the region. Today he is revered by both the Castro regime and the Cuban exile community, whose shared veneration of the "apostle" of freedom has led to his virtual apotheosis as a national saint.

In José Martí: A Revolutionary Life, Alfred J. López presents the definitive biography of the Cuban patriot and martyr. Writing from a nonpartisan perspective and drawing on years of research using original Cuban and U.S. sources, including materials never before used in a Martí biography, López strips away generations of mythmaking and portrays Martí as Cuba's greatest founding father and one of Latin America's literary and political giants, without suppressing his public missteps and personal flaws. In a lively account that engrosses like a novel, López traces the full arc of Martí's eventful life, from his childhood and adolescence in Cuba, to his first exile and subsequent life in Spain, Mexico City, and Guatemala, through his mature revolutionary period in New York City and much-mythologized death in Cuba on the battlefield at Dos Ríos. The first major biography of Martí in over half a century and the first ever in English, José Martí is the most substantial examination of Martí's life and work ever published.

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Mariano and Leonor

Part One: Before the Fall (1853–1870)

Chapter One. An Unlikely Prodigy A Boy's First Letter
Chapter Two. The Teacher Appears
Chapter Three. Trial by Fire Havana Farewell

Part Two: Exile (1871–1880)

Chapter Four. Spain
Chapter Five. A Young Man's Travels
Chapter Six. Discovering America (1): Mexico A Secret Mission
Chapter Seven. Discovering America (2): Guatemala
Chapter Eight. Homecoming, Interrupted

Part Three: The Great Work (1881–1895)

Chapter Nine. New York (1): A False Start In the Land of Bolívar
Chapter Ten. New York (2): No Country, No Master
Chapter Eleven. New York (3): The Great Work Begins
Chapter Twelve. New York (4): The Final Push
Chapter Thirteen. Farewells and Rowboats A Narrow Escape--and One Last Letter for His Patria
Chapter Fourteen. "My Life for My Country"

Epilogue: A Hero's Afterlife

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Born in New York City to Cuban parents and raised in Miami, Alfred J. López is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University. He is the author or editor of three previous books, including José Martí and the Future of Cuban Nationalism. López was the founding editor of The Global South, a leading globalization studies journal, and his work has also appeared in top journals such as American Literature, Comparative Literature, and South Atlantic Quarterly, among many others.

"Alfred López’s biography of Martí, evidently the product of long research and reflection, is a most impressive achievement. . . . It will be the standard biography—in English or Spanish—for years to come."

Gustavo Pérez Firmat, David Feinson Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, and author of the award-winning Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way

"This is the one and only book that treats the nineteenth-century Cuban figure José Martí as a human instead of an idol, an apostle, or an unblemished personality. . . . Anyone now writing about Martí and the war of independence will have to refer to this book. . . . It establishes a new field."

Tom Miller, author of Trading with the Enemy: A Yankee Travels through Castro’s Cuba

"Alfred López’s biography of Martí, evidently the product of long research and reflection, is a most impressive achievement. . . . It will be the standard biography—in English or Spanish—for years to come."

Gustavo Pérez Firmat, David Feinson Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, and author of the award-winning Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way

"The life, the history and the facts are all here in López’s volume. It is thorough, compelling and a generally lively account..."

The Washington Post