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By Fernando Pessoa

Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, Fernando Pessoa left a prodigious physique of labor, a lot of it below "heteronyms"—fully fleshed adjust egos with startlingly diversified types and issues of view. supplying a special sampling of all his most famed voices, this assortment gains poems that experience by no means earlier than been translated along many initially composed in English. as well as such significant works as "Maritime Ode of Campos" and his Goethe-inspired Faust, written in clean verse, there are a number of lovely poems that experience in basic terms come to gentle within the final 5 years. chosen and translated by way of top Pessoa student Richard Zenith, this can be the best advent on hand to the breadth of Pessoa’s genius.
* The translations are in accordance with the main authoritative variants, proven opposed to the unique manuscripts
* contains an creation discussing Pessoa, his paintings, and the phenomenon of "heteronymy" in addition to a chronology

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Or shall we call it a world of makeliterature? Believing, mere believing, bored Pessoa. Like a good artist, he harnessed his fertile imagination to make richly expressive things—his stunning poems, his well-turned prose, and his heteronymic nation, which was his greatest poetic act. Chronology The titles of Pessoa’s works have, for the most part, been translated into English. m. m. He is the first child of Joaquim de Seabra Pessoa, born in Lisbon but with family roots in the Algarve, and of Maria Madalena Pinheiro Nogueira, from the Ilha Terceira, in the Azores.

A coup d’état in May establishes a military dictatorship. 1927 The literary review Presença is founded in Coimbra. The young editors consider Pessoa, who is not especially well known, to be Portugal’s most significant living writer, and they regularly publish his work throughout the rest of his life. One of the editors, João Gaspar Simões, will publish the first biography of Pessoa, in 1950. Pessoa’s sister and her family move to Évora, where they will live for three years. 1928 Pessoa publishes a booklet titled O Interregno (The Interregnum), which defends and justifies military dictatorship as a necessary “State of Transition” in Portugal, wracked by political instability and without (according to the booklet’s arguments) a “national ideal” or a tradition of strong public opinion to support a British-style, constitutional government.

Poems have been ordered chronologically, as far as possible, except in the case of The Keeper of Sheep and Message, which the author structured according to other criteria, and in the case of Faust, for which very few dates exist. —Selected Poems, published by Grove Press in 1998, included poems that for the most part had never before appeared in a widely circulating translation into English. There was very little crossover between that volume and the Edwin Honig / Susan Brown Poems of Pessoa (1986).

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