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Description: Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 104. Not illustrated. Chapters: Cuban Female Models, Cuban Women Writers, Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda, Ana Maria Simo, Ariana Barouk, Daina Chaviano, Lydia Cabrera, Dulce Maria Loynaz, Nancy Morejon, Vida Guerra, Mayra Veronica, Sissi, Dora Alonso, Karla Suarez, Nivaria Tejera, Yanitzia Canetti, Odalys Garcia, Emma Romeu, Sagia Castaneda, Alba de Cespedes Y Bertini, Jamillette Gaxiola, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Wendy Guerra, Zoe Valdes, Cecilia Samartin, Julieta Campos, Mireya Robles, Carilda Oliver Labra, Daisy Valls, Gilda Antonia Guillen, Isis Finlay. Excerpt: Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda y Arteaga (March 23, 1814 February 1, 1873) was a Cuban writer of the 19th century. Woodcut of Gertrudis Gomez de AvellanedaGertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda y Arteaga, widely known as la Avellaneda, was born in Santa Maria de Puerto Principe (modern day Camaguey), Cuba. She came from a noble background; her father, Manuel Gomez de Avellaneda, was a descendent of the royal family of Navarre and aristocracy of Vizcaya of Spain, and also a commander of the Spanish navy in charge of the central regions of Cuba. Her mother, Francisca de Arteaga y Betancourt, was also from a wealthy Spanish family that had lived in Puerto Principe. It is said that her mothers family is the one that inspired the family in her first novel, Sab. As a child la Avellaneda was not interested in feminine materials. She was given a tutor and soon became engulfed in the books she was given to read. Her mother tried unsuccessfully to get her daughter away from reading so many books and into the more accepted role of young girls. She even attempted to get la Avellaneda to be more social. Although la Avellaneda did not have many friends, she often took the ones she had and placed them into roles of the plays she had written, taking the male roles for herself. As a young woman ...