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Jorge Isaacs

Jorge Isaacs Ferrer was a Colombian writer, politician and soldier. His only novel, Maria, became one of the most notable works of the Romantic movement in Spanish literature.

His father was George Henry Isaacs, an English Jew originally from Jamaica. He first settled in Choco, Colombia, where he made a fortune from gold mining and trade with Jamaica. He then moved to Santiago de Cali where he converted to Christianity, obtained Colombian citizenship and married Manuela Ferrer Scarpetta, daughter of a Spanish Navy officer. He also owned two haciendas near Cali, called "La Manuelita" (named after his wife) and "El Paraiso". The latter would provide the setting for Maria. "El Paraiso" has been preserved as a museum, with emphasis upon its relation to the novel.

Jorge Isaacs was born in Santiago de Cali in 1837. Little is known about his childhood, but in some of his poems Isaacs portrays the Valley of the Cauca as an idyllic place where he spent his most of it. He was first educated in Santiago de Cali, then in Popayan and, finally, in Bogota between 1848 and 1852.

Related websites


Online edition of Maria

Maria as a free ebook (@Feedbooks)

El Paraiso Museum photo gallery

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