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A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems

A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems

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The largest and richest English-language volume of poetry from "the greatest twentieth-century writer you have never heard of" (Los Angeles Times)

Edited, Translated, and with an Introduction by Richard Zenith, the author of the magisterial biography Pessoa

A Penguin Classic

Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, poet Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) left a prodigious body of work, much of it credited to three "heteronyms"―Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and Alvaro de Campos―alter egos with startlingly different styles, points of view, and biographies. Offering a unique sampling of his most famous voices, this collection features Pessoa's major, best-known works and several stunning poems that have come to light only in this century, including his long, highly autobiographical swan song. Featuring a rich body of work that has never before been translated into English, this is the finest introduction available to the stunning breadth of Pessoa's genius.

Author: Fernando Pessoa
Publisher: Penguin Group
Published: 04/04/2006
Pages: 480
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.71lbs
Size: 7.68h x 5.16w x 0.85d
ISBN: 9780143039556

About the Author
Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) was born in Lisbon and brought up in Durban, South Africa. He returned to Lisbon in 1905. A prolific writer, ascribing his work to a variety of personas or heteronyms, Pessoa published little in his lifetime and supported himself by working as a commercial translator. Although acknowledged as an intellectual and a poet, his literary genius went largely unrecognized until after his death.

Richard Zenith (editor, translator, introducer) lives in Lisbon, where he works as a freelance writer, translator, and critic. He is the author of the acclaimed biography Pessoa. His translations include Galician-Portuguese troubadour poetry; novels by Antonio Lobo Antunes; Pessoa's The Book of Disquiet, which won the Calouste Gulbenkian Translation Prize for Portuguese Translation; Fernando Pessoa and Co.: Selected Poems, which won the PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; and João Cabral de Melo Neto's Education by Stone: Selected Poems, which won the Academy of American Poets' Harold Morton Landon Translation Award. In 2012, Zenith was awarded Portugal's Pessoa Prize.
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