The Poet Slave of Cuba

The Poet Slave of Cuba

A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano

Book - 2006
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Poems from different points of view tell of a Cuban boy whose gifts made him special, but did not set him free.
Juan Francisco Manzano was born in 1797 into the household of wealthy slaveowners in Cuba. He spent his early years at the side of his owner's wife, entertaining her friends. His poetry was his outlet, reflecting the beauty and cruelty of his world. Written in verse.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805077063
Call Number: 811.54 En35p
j811.54 ENGL
Characteristics: 183 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Qualls, Sean - Illustrator


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Poems from different points of view tell of a Cuban boy—born a slave-- whose gift for words made him special, but could not set him free.

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KRockstar10 Nov 22, 2013

Beautiful, touching biography of Juan Francisco Manzano, who endured years of brutal treatment at the hands of his Mistress. Despite her borderline insanity, Juan is able to memorize huge swaths of poetry in many languages, and these verses become his mental escape. Dark in some places, but not graphic


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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 13, 2010

A fictionalized account based on the autobiography of an extraordinary man, born into slavery in 1797. Grade 7 - 12


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