|Today's Google Doodle shows a scene from the novel Maria.|
Isaacs' best-known work was the romantic novel Maria, which serves as a sort of historical and social document, thanks to its descriptions of life and social relationships in the 19th-century Valle del Cauca. That sort of romanticism long ago fell out of favor in serious literature, and Maria probably isn't read much anymore except in high school and university literature classes.
But Isaacs' life may have been more memorable than his novel. The son of a Jewish Englishman from Jamaica, Isaac failed in business and became a soldier, politician and journalist, in addition to novelist and poet. For a brief two months, from February to March 1880, he was even the president of the Sovereign State of Antioquia, which was a part of Colombia despite its name. While Google has honored Isaacs, Colombia has neglected him. His home in Cali, where he finished writing Maria, is falling to pieces.
|This is a portrait of Jorge Isaacs, not of Mike Ceaser.|