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- Born in Camagüey, November 7, 1908
- Died in Havana, September 11, 1954
- Graduated from the University of Havana and taught for almost 13
years at a teacher's college in Santa Clara.
- Married Antonia Lopez Villaverde, whom he met while a doctorate
student with a scholarship in New York.
- His poetry is characterized by a search for a "pure and refined"
poetry that captures the energy and personality of Cuba's black
- Known works include: Júbilo y fuga (1931) and
Cuaderno de poesía negra (1934).
(1943-1990) Poet, novelist and writer of international reputation.
He was convicted in 1973 for ideological deviation with the Cuban
government and for publishing his works outside Cuba without official consent.
Arenas came to the U.S. during the Mariel exodus in 1980, and is
widely known for his book, Before Night Falls, and a film with the same title.
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