A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Apr 4, 2006 - Poetry - 400 pages
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Writing obsessively in French, English, and Portuguese, Fernando Pessoa left a prodigious body of work, much of it under "heteronyms"—fully fleshed alter egos with startlingly different styles and points of view. Offering a unique sampling of all his most famous voices, this collection features poems that have never before been translated alongside many originally composed in English. In addition to such major works as "Maritime Ode of Campos" and his Goethe-inspired Faust, written in blank verse, there are several stunning poems that have only come to light in the last five years. Selected and translated by leading Pessoa scholar Richard Zenith, this is the finest introduction available to the breadth of Pessoa’s genius.

The translations are based on the most authoritative editions, verified against the original manuscripts
Includes an Introduction discussing Pessoa, his work, and the phenomenon of "heteronymy" as well as a chronology

  

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Review: A Little Larger Than the Entire Universe: Selected Poems

User Review  - Ben Winch - Goodreads

If you haven't read Pessoa yet, please, don't start here. This is a hold-all for the leftovers, the b-sides. It's the parts of his ouvre where Pessoa – modernism's great underachiever – spreads ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zöe Yu - Goodreads

I got to Pessoa because I met a wealthy businessman who I suppose to ask for his successful experiences, instead, we talked Pessoa and his poems. His poems are very philosophical, and his ideas are ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Fernando Pessoa was born in Lisbon in 1888 and was brought up in Durban, South Africa. He matriculated at the University of Cape Town, where he won the Queen Victoria Prize for English Essay. In 1905 he returned to Lisbon where he matriculated at the University, and continued to read and write in English. He published in 1918 35 Sonnets and in 1922 the three parts of his English Poems, all composed many years before. The rest of his life passed uneventfully in Lisbon. He earned a pittance from a number of commercial firms, composing free verse and classical odes in the intervals of translating the firm's foreign correspondence. Some of his poems were published in literary journals. Pessoa also wrote prose on questions of aesthetics, and sketches for detective novels. The only book published in his lifetime was Mensagem, a collection of poems on patriotic themes which won a consolation prize in a national competition. Pessoa also wrote under three pseudonyms, Alberto Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos and Ricardo Reis, whose biographies he invented.

He wrote under 75 pseudonyms, many of which he developed into ‘heteronyms’, characters endowed with their own biographies, physiques, personalities, political views, religious attitudes and literary pursuits, all capable of reviewing each other’s work in the literary journals of the time. He was a leading light in Portugal’s Modernist movement, and he also invented several of his own movements, including ‘Intersectionism’ and ‘Sensationism’. Pessoa’s literary genius went largely unrecognized until after his death in 1935.


Richard Zenith works as a writer and researcher in the Fernando Pessoa archives in Lisbon. He translated The Book of Disquiet for Penguin Classics.


Richard Zenith works as a writer and researcher in the Fernando Pessoa archives in Lisbon. He translated The Book of Disquiet for Penguin Classics.


Richard Zenith works as a writer and researcher in the Fernando Pessoa archives in Lisbon. He translated The Book of Disquiet for Penguin Classics.

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