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A Centenary Pessoa (2e)

Fernando Pessoa

Edited by Eugenio Lisboa and L.C. Taylor

Translated by Keith Bosley

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ISBN: 978 1 857543 68 1
Categories: 19th Century, 20th Century, Portuguese
Imprint: Aspects of Portugal
Edition: 2nd
Published: November 1997
232 x 143 x 18 mm
348 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Also available in: eBook (EPUB), Hardback, eBook (Kindle), Paperback
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  • Ashen already over my vain brow
    The hair of that young man whom I have lost.

    My eyes are not so bright.
    My mouth no longer has a right to kisses.
    If you still love me, don't love for love's sake,

    Cuckolding me with me.

    Ricardo Reis

    `Pessoa's amazing personality is as beguiling and mysterious as his unique poetic output. We cannot learn too much about him,' wrote William Boyd. Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) is at least four writers, and A Centenary Pessoa includes a broad selection of his poems, and a hundred pages of his prose (much of it originally written in English). To this core the editor adds an essay by Octavio Paz, a photobiography, a critical anthology and two `posthumous interviews'. In an age when poets spoke through personae and masks, Pessoa found `heteronyms', complete with their own styles and biographies. At the heart of this book are poems Pessoa wrote as his quietly lyrical self, as the pagan and bucolic Alberto Caeiro, the neoclassical dilettante Ricardo Reis, and the wildly confessional Alvaro de Campos.

    A Centenary Pessoa is a rich introduction for those curious about his oeuvre. `One of the evident giants', George Steiner said; `perhaps the greatest poet of the twentieth century,' wrote Antonio Tabucchi. During his lifetime he published in small circulation journals and left, at his death, a chaotic trunk of manuscripts. Now his portrait appears on Portuguese banknotes, a university bears his name, a Pessoa Foundation occupies his final home, his body has been reburied near the remains of Camoes and Vasco da Gama. Honour to all four of him.
    Fernando Pessoa
    FERNANDO PESSOA (1888-1935), Portugal's greatest poet since Cam§es, is one of Europe's greatest poets too. When he died he left a trunk full of poetry, philosophical writings, criticism and other texts. There are 25,426 items in the archive, including those that constitute The Book of Disquietude . Carcanet was the first ... read more
    Eugenio Lisboa
    Eugenio Lisboa was born in Mozambique in 1930 and educated there and in Portugal. An eminent poet, essayist and literary critic, his publications include standard works on Jose Regio and Jorge de Sena, and critical studies of modernism in Portugal. ... read more
    L.C. Taylor
    L.C. Taylor was the director of the Gulbenkian Foundation and a founder of the Carcanet Press / Gulbenkian Foundation series Aspects of Portugal, for which he edited Rose Macaulay's They Went to Portugal, Too (1990). He co-edited A Centenary Pessoa with Eugenio Lisboa for the Fyfield series. ... read more
    Keith Bosley
    Keith Bosley was born in Buckinghamshire in 1937 and read French at Reading, Paris and Caen. He is the author of six collections of poems. Over twenty works of translation include Finnish Folk Poetry: Epic (1977), Mallarm├ę: The Poems (1977), From the Theorems of Master Jean de La Cepp├Ęde (1983) and ... read more
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