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Los huéspedes secretos

 File — Box: 3, Folder: 46
Identifier: Manuscripts-Collection 50-(46)

Scope and Contents

1950 Mimeographed typescript of the first edition of poetry, para los amigos, dedicated to Elmore Joseph Degrange in Buenos Aires in 1967 by this renowned Dominican poet. 91 pp.


  • 1950


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Biographical / Historical

Manuel del Cabral was born in Santiago de los Caballeros in 1907. He studied law in the Universidad de Santo Domingo, eventhough this was not his aspiration but rather that of his father to who he dedicated a carta poética titled, reminiscencia de la de Ovidio, in which he demonstrates his true vocation for creating literature.

As a young man he worked as a diplomat for his country in New York as well as in Colombia, Peru, Panama, Chile, and Argentina. During these trips and stays he was able to contact some of the most noted Spanish-American poets of the time.

In terms of theme, his poetry can be described as pluralistic because it touches upon not only political issues, but those of love, society, culture and even the metaphysical. The theme of the black or mulatto in the Antilles is the recurrent theme by antonomasia, like Nicolás Guillén and Luis Palés Matos.

His most outstanding poetic works are: Trópico negro, 1942; Compadre Mon, 1943; The offended island, 1965; The secret guests, 1950; and x not solitary, 1970. He was also a dramatist and narrator, since he wrote a novel and several stories. But today he is recognized above all for his poetry. He received several awards, among which the National Literature Prize, awarded in 1992.

Manuel del Cabral died in Santo Domingo on May 14, 1999.


91 Leaves

Language of Materials

Spanish; Castilian


Box 3, Folder 46


Los huéspedes secretos
Manuscript Collection 50 (46), Manuscripts, The Latin American Library, Tulane University
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