Poet Slave of Cuba A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

ISBN-10: 0805077065
ISBN-13: 9780805077063
Edition: 2006 (Revised)
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Description: A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet. Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 4/4/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

A lyrical biography of a Cuban slave who escaped to become a celebrated poet. Born into the household of a wealthy slave owner in Cuba in 1797, Juan Francisco Manzano spent his early years by the side of a woman who made him call her Mama, even though he had a mama of his own. Denied an education, young Juan still showed an exceptional talent for poetry. His verses reflect the beauty of his world, but they also expose its hideous cruelty. nbsp; Powerful, haunting poems and breathtaking illustrations create a portrait of a life in which even the pain of slavery could not extinguish the capacity for hope.

Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and novelist. Her books include The Wild Book, Tropical Secrets, The Firefly Letters, The Lightning Dreamer, When You Wander, Mountain Dog, and Silver People. She has received several awards including the Jane Addams Children's Book Award, the Pura Belpr� Award, the Am�ricas Award, and the Claudia Lewis Poetry Award for The Surrender Tree and the Pura Belpr� Award and the Am�ricas Award for The Poet Slave of Cuba.

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