Friday, July 20, 2012

Emilio Ballagas' collected poetry in Amazon

My father's collected poetic work is now available in Amazon, too. The Edicion autorizada continues to sell in the original web site: CLICK HERE.

Published posthumously in Havana, the Obra Poética de Emilio Ballagas was out of print for fifty-seven years. It is the most comprehensive collection of the works of one of Cuba’s –and Latin America’s– greatest poets, including scattered verse not published in book form during the author’s life. Since then, only a few spurious collections of Ballagas’ poetry have been published both in the island and abroad. This edition is not only true to the original Obra Poética but the only one authorized by the late poet’s estate. The back cover features a never before published photo of Ballagas in Paris, during the 30s. The preface and selection are the work of the poet’s son, Manuel Ballagas.
Emilio Ballagas was born in Camagüey, Cuba, on November 7, 1908. After 1928, he published his first poems and works of literary critique in the avant-garde magazines Antenas y Revista de Avance. In the final issue of the Revista… he published his famous poem Elegía a María Belén Chacón. He later collaborated with some of the most important literary magazines of Cuba and Hispanic America (Revista Cubana, Sur, Cuadernos Americanos, Orígenes, among others). In 1931, he published his first book of verse, Júbilo y Fuga. Since then, poetry was his main endeavor. In 1951, he won Cuba’s National Poetry Award for his book Cielo en Rehenes. He had degrees in both Philosophy and Letters, and Pedagogy. He traveled in Europe and the US. He taught Literature, lectured and penned essays on various subjects. He also prepared to important anthologies of Black poetry. His Works have been translated into several languages. Ballagas died in Havana, on September 11, 1954.

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