Manuel del Cabral

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Manuel del Cabral
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Born Manuel Antonio Cabral Tavárez
7 March 1907
Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Died 14 May 1999
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Occupation Writer
Spouse(s) Alba María Cornero[1]
Children Peggy, Alejandro, Amelia & Chinchina Cabral[2]

Manuel del Cabral (7 March 1907, Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic – 14 May 1999, Santo Domingo) was a Dominican poet, writer, and diplomat. The son of an influential senator during the "Era of Trujillo", he served at the Embassy of the Dominican Republic to Argentina. During his long stay in Buenos Aires, he married an Argentine and fathered his 4 children, among them, the television journalist and politician Peggy Cabral.[1][2] In 1992 he was awarded the Premio Nacional de Literatura.[2]

Work and Reception[edit]

Cabral has become one of the most celebrated writers of the Dominican Republic, enjoying international fame. His work is most often viewed as an essential representation of Afro-Antillean or Afro-Caribbean poetry, known alternatively as negrismo or poesia negra in Spanish, along with the works of Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Puerto Rican Luis Palés Matos.[3]

Cabral is known for his vast exploration of themes. Perennial human concerns such as love, death, metaphysics, and war occur throughout his writings.[4] Additionally, social and political issues, especially those involving Antillean and Dominican identity, as well as the exploitation of Afro-Caribbeans are prominent in his writings.[5]

Cabral first gained recognition with Compadre Mon (1943), often considered the best example of a Dominican Epic.[6] Compadre Mon, like Trópico Negro and other major works, center around themes of labor and social injustice.[5]


  • Trópico Negro. 1942
  • Compadre Mon. Espiral, Colombia 1943
  • Chinchina Busca el Tiempo. Perlado, Buenos Aires 1945 (Ed. de Colores, Santo Domingo 1998, ISBN 84-89539-64-2)
  • De Este Lado del Mar. Impresora Dominicana, Ciudad Trujillo 1949
  • Antología Tierra (1930–1949). Ediciones Cultura Hispánica, Madrid 1949
  • Carta a Rubén. Madrid 1950
  • Los Huéspedes Secretos. Madrid 1950 (Ed. Corripio, Santo Domingo 1988),
  • Segunda Antología Tierra (1930–1951). Gráficas García, Madrid 1951
  • 30 Parábolas. Lucania, Buenos Aires 1956
  • Antología Clave (1930–1956). Losada, Buenos Aires 1957
  • 14 Nudos de Amor. Losada, Buenos Aires 1963
  • El Escupido. Quintaria, Buenos Aires 1970 (Ed. de Colores, Santo Domingo 1987)
  • El Presidente Negro. Ediciones Carlos Lohlé, Buenos Aires 1973 (Canahuate, Santo Domingo 1990)
  • Poemas de Amor y Sexo. Ediciones de la Flor, Buenos Aires 1974
  • Cuentos. Ediciones Orión, Buenos Aires 1976
  • Antología Tres. Editora Universitaria, Santo Domingo 1983
  • Obra Poética Completa, Ed. Alfa & Omega, Santo Domingo 1987
  • Antología Poética, E. Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires 1998. ISBN 987-96390-4-9
  • Antología de Cuentos, E. Biblioteca Nacional, Buenos Aires 1998. ISBN 987-96390-5-7


  1. ^ a b Irrizari, Evelyn (1 May 2013). "La vida junto a Peña era diferente todos los días" (in Spanish). El Caribe. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Celebran 101 aniversario del natalicio del poeta nacional Manuel del Cabral" (in Spanish). Hoy. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2014. 
  3. ^ See Burdiez 241 and Torres-Saillant's Caribbean Poetics 51
  4. ^ See Bejel 234 and Burdiez 15
  5. ^ a b See Rodríguez 263
  6. ^ See Rodríguez 263 and Burdiez 17


  • Wena Monica Palmer: Social consciousness and compromiso in selected writings of Manuel del Cabral. University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, 1982
  • (Spanish) Manuel Antonio Arango L.: Historia, intrahistoria y compromiso social en siete poetas hispánicos. Rubén Darío, Federico García Lorca, Nicolás Guillén, Manuel del Cabral, Palés Matos, César Vallejo y Pablo Neruda, Lang 2007, ISBN 978-0-8204-8690-1
  • Gutiérrez, Franklin. Antología histórica de la poesía dominicana del siglo XX (1912–1995). New York: Ediciones Alcance, 1995.
  • Diaz, Andrés Blanco. Manuel del Cabral y su obra: comentarios y critica. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Comisión Permanente de la Feria del Libro, 2001.
  • Bejel, Emilio. "Poetry." A History of Literature in the Caribbean. Vol. 1. Arnold, A. James. Ed. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1994.
  • Torres-Saillant, Silvio. "Dominican Literature and Its Criticism: Anatomy of a Troubled Identity." A History of Literature in the Caribbean. Vol. 1. Arnold, A. James. Ed. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1994.
  • Torres-Saillant, Silvio. Caribbean Poetics: Towards an Aesthetic of West Indian Literature. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Rodríguez, Linda M. "Dominican Republic." Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. Ed. Verity Smith. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.
  • Burdiez, Tómas Castro. Ed. La magia de lo permanente: antología poética de Manuel del Cabral. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Editorial Ciguapa, 2001.

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