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Presence of Pessoa

Presence of Pessoa

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Fernando Pessoa (1888--1935) is perhaps the most engaging of the great Western modernists of this century. Born in Portugal but raised and educated in southern Africa, Pessoa wrote poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

George Monteiro provides refreshingly new interpretations of Pessoa's Mensagem ( Message) and the modernist novella 0 Banqueiro Anarquista ( The Anarchist Banker). But he is primarily interested in tracing Pessoa's influence on a wide range of contemporary writers.

Among those Monteiro finds putting Pessoa's work to their own surprising -- and sometimes comic -- uses are Joyce Carol Oates, Allen Ginsberg, John Wain, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and earlier poets including Thomas Merton, Edouard Roditi, and Roy Campbell. In addition, the complete text of Campbell's pioneering biocritical study of Pessoa is published here for the first time.

Author: George Monteiro
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Published: 04/09/1998
Pages: 176
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.90lbs
Size: 8.81h x 5.73w x 0.78d
ISBN: 9780813120539

About the Author

George Monteiro professor of English and of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, is the author of The Presence of Camões: Influences on the Literature of England, America, and Southern Africa.

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