Partial English translations and evaluations of Martí’s writings (the most extensive collection, Obras completas de Martí, Habana, Editorial Trópieo, 1936-49) are found in Juan de Onís, The America of José Martí (New York, Noonday, 1954); Roberta Day Corbitt, This Colossal Theater (Ph.D. thesis, University of Kentucky, 1955); and Richard B. Gray, José Martí, Cuban Patriot (Gainesville, University of Florida Press, 1962). Now come three volumes of ably edited and translated selections: Inside the Monster (1975), on the United States; Our America (1977), on Hispanic America; and the present volume, from Martí’s gleanings on education as a student in Cuba and Spain, as a teacher in France, Mexico, Guatemala, and New York, and as a journalist in Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela, and the United States, reporting to leading periodicals in Hispanic America. Educators in Hispanic America can profit much from his observations, provided they keep in mind that Martí thought of them as suggestions to Hispanic Americans on how to improve their own institutions and educational practices. Only in this light should his comments on New York City schools, Cornell University, the “Chatauqua University for the Poor,” a normal school near Paris, a women’s college commencement, “A Latin American University,” Peter Cooper, Bronson Alcott, and his own Cuban teacher Rafael María de Mendive be read. Despite some limitations, Martí’s writings lift him high among foreign observers of the United States, and give him a rare place among interpreters of Hispanic American culture. More to the point here, La Edad de Oro sets him almost alone among the great writers in Spanish for young people. Although this magazine lasted only through four monthly issues, its literary excellence, suitability of content, and sound educational practice have led to many book form editions across Hispanic America. Readers of the present volume who are familiar with the tendency of Cuban writers and orators to use Martí’s words to support whatever social, economic, or even religious idea that is in mind will note this influence on the notes and editorial comments.