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The Zea Mexican diary; 7 September 1926 - 7 September 1986, with a foreword by Sandra Pouchet Paquet

Brathwaite, Kamau

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ISBN 10: 029913640X / ISBN 13: 9780299136406
Published by The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1993
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xi, 214p., first printing, bookplate (Poets House Library-- sold) on front blank end paper, edgeworn dj. The great Afro-Jamaican poet movingly records his wife's final battle with cancer. Wisconsin studies in American autobiography. Bookseller Inventory # 35193

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Title: The Zea Mexican diary; 7 September 1926 - 7 ...

Publisher: The University of Wisconsin Press, Madison

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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In May of 1986 Edward Kamau Brathwaite learned that his wife, Doris, was dying of cancer and had only a short time to live.  Responding as a poet, he began “helplessly & spasmodically” to record her passage in a diary.  Zea Mexican is a collection of excerpts from this diary and other notes from this period of the Brathwaites’ lives, and few who read this book will fail to be caught up in the depth of Edward Brathwaite’s grief.
    Zea Mexican is a tribute to Doris Brathwaite and an exploration of the creative potency of love.  (The title comes from the name Brathwaite gave Doris, who was originally from Guyana of part Amerindian descent.)  Exposing the intimacy of his  marriage, this book is the closest Brathwaite has ever come to an autobiographical statement.  In examining his life with Doris he found the courage to reveal something of his own character.  But, more than an autobiography, Zea Mexican is an extraordinary work of literature, much of it written in the expressive “nation language” of Jamaica and the Caribbean.  Brathwaite filters his pain through his poetic gift, presenting it to the reader with all the poignancy poetry conveys.

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Edward Kamau Brathwaite is professor of comparative literature at New York University. Among his many books of poetry and scholarship are Ancestors, Black + Blues, Masks, Islands, Days and Nights, Middle Passages, Our Ancestral Heritage, and History of the Voice. He received the 1994 Neustadt International Prize for Literature.

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