José de Jesús Esteves

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José de Jesús Esteves (October 15, 1881 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico - November 1, 1918 in New York, New York) was a Puerto Rican poet, lawyer, and judge in the Manatí Municipal Court. He was an expositor of the Modernismo literary movement.[1]

He wrote three verse books, Besos y Plumas (Kisses and Pens), Crisálidas, and Rosal de Amor (Rose of Love).[2] His most famous works are "Sinfonía Helénica" (Greek Symphony), "Ronda de Anforas" (Round of Anforas), "El Ladrón" (The Thief), "Sauce Lírico" (Lyric Willow), and "Alma Adentro" (Soul Inside). "Alma Adentro" won a contest in Revista Mundial of Paris.[3]

He died in New York on November 1, 1918.

His tomb is in the Old Urban Cemetery of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.[4]


  1. ^ Jorge Rigau. Puerto Rico 1900: Turn-of-the-century Architecture in Hispanic Caribbean, 1890-1930. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, Inc. 1992. p.52.
  2. ^ Cesáreo Rosa-Nieves, Esther Melón de Díaz (1970). Biografías puertorriqueñas: perfil histórico de un pueblo. Troutman Press. p. 145.
  3. ^ "Jesús Esteves, José de (1882-1918)". MCN Biografias. Retrieved June 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Jose Rafael Bourdony (1984). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Old Urban Cemetery / Cemeterio Municipal". National Park Service. Retrieved December 24, 2016. with eight photos from 1984