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José Lezama Lima was born in Havana in 1910 and lived there until his death in 1976. Although he studied law at the University of Havana, Lezama Lima is best known as a poet, essayist, and novelist whose work greatly influenced other Cuban writers. He was one of the founders and directors of Verbum (1937), Espuela de Plata (1939), and Orígenes (1944-1956), journals that published many new Cuban poets and writers. His own baroque style was influenced by the Spanish Golden Age, as reflected in his first book of poetry, Muerte de Narciso (1937). His novel Paradiso (1966) is considered his masterpiece.

This collection contains letters written by Lezama Lima to his sister Eloísa Lezama Lima from 1961 to 1976, along with an annotated copy of Paradiso.