The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa

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Grove Press, 2002 - Fiction - 342 pages
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The Washington Post Book World has written that Fernando Pessoa was "Portugal's greatest writer of the twentieth century [though] some critics would even leave off that last qualifying phrase" and "one of the most appealing European modernists, equal in command and range to his contemporaries Rilke and Mandelstam." The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001, spans playful philosophical inquiry, Platonic dialogue, and bitter intellectual scrapping between Pessoa and his many literary alter egos ("heteronyms"). The heteronyms launch movements and write manifestos, and one of them attempts to break up Pessoa's only known romantic relationship. Also included is a generous selection from Pessoa's masterpiece, The Book of Disquiet, freshly translated by Richard Zenith from newly discovered materials. The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa is an important record of a crucial part of the literary canon. "Zenith's selection is beautifully translated, compact while appropriately diverse." -- Benjamin Kunkel, Los Angeles Times "[Pessoa] is one of those writers as addictive, and endearing, as Borges and Calvino." -- Michael Dirda, The Washington Post Book World
  

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User Review  - Arick - Goodreads

A great compilation of Pessoa's various types of prose. Expect excerpts of letters explaining his views on the occult, his genesis of heteronyms, a play, some short stories, etc. While the scope of ... Read full review

Review: The Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa

User Review  - Catherine - Goodreads

This is an excellent collection of Pessoa's prose. It features several selections from each of his heteronyms and I highly recommended it for those who are new to his work. Read full review

Contents

ASPECTS
1
THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN AND HETERONYM
6
I was a poet animated by philosophy
9
The artist must be born beautiful
10
Three Prose Fragments
11
I Charles Robert Anon
12
An Unsent Letter to Clifford Geerdts
14
Two Prose Fragments
15
from Preface to the Complete Poems of Alberto Caeiro
153
When I once had occasion
154
Alberto Caeiro is more pagan than paganism
155
For modern pagans as exiles
156
PORTUGAL AND THE FIFTH EMPIRE
158
Any Empire not founded on the Spiritual Empire
161
The Fifth Empire The future of Portugal
162
Only one kind of propaganda can raise the morale
163

Rule of Life
17
THE MARINER
18
The MarinerA Static Drama in One Act
20
To Fernando Pessoa
35
THE MASTER AND HIS DISCIPLES
36
Notes for the Memory of My Master Caeiro
38
from Translators Preface to the Poems of Alberto Caeiro
50
On Álvaro de Campos
55
On the Work of Ricardo Reis
56
SENSATIONISM AND OTHER ISMS
58
Preface to an Anthology of the Portuguese Sensationists
61
All sensations are good
64
Intersectionist Manifesto
65
Sensationism
66
ULTIMATUM
69
Ultimatum
72
from What Is Metaphysics?
88
LETTER TO MÁRIO DE SÁCARNEIRO
89
RIDDLE OF THE STARS
92
Letter to His Aunt Anica
98
30 Astral Communications
103
from Essay on Initiation
120
Treatise on Negation
121
LETTER TO TWO FRENCH MAGNETISTS
124
SELECTED LETTERS TO OPHELIA QUEIROZ
128
Pessoa in Love? MarchNovember 1920
129
Pessoa Insane? SeptemberOctober 1929
139
NEOPAGANISM
147
Without yet going into the metaphysical foundations
148
Humanitarianism is the last bulwark
149
Only now can we fully understand
150
We are not really neopagans
151
What basically is Sebastianism?
164
An imperialism of grammarians?
165
A foggy morning
166
THE ANARCHIST BANKER
167
PESSOA ON MILLIONAIRES
197
from American Millionaires
198
ENVIRONMENT
200
SELFDEFINITION
201
THE SEARCH FOR IMMORTALITY
202
from Erostratus
205
ON THE LITERARY ART AND ITS ARTISTS
213
Shakespeare
215
On Blank Verse and Paradise Lost
216
from Charles Dickens Pickwick Papers
217
from Concerning Oscar Wilde
218
The Art of James Joyce
222
FROM ESSAY ON POETRY
224
FROM FRANCE IN 1950
231
RANDOM NOTES AND EPIGRAMS
234
TWO LETTERS TO JOÃO GASPAR SIMÕES
239
Letter of 28 July 1932
247
THREE LETTERS TO ADOLFO CASAIS MONTEIRO
250
Another Version of the Genesis of the Heteronyms
261
Letter of 20 January 1935
262
THE BOOK OF DISQUIET
265
from The Book of Disquiet
270
FROM THE EDUCATION OF THE STOIC
300
FROM THE PREFACE TO FICTIONS OF THE INTERLUDE
311
LETTER FROM A HUNCHBACK GIRL TO A METALWORKER
314
NOTES
319
BIBLIOGRAPHY
341
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About the author (2002)

Fernando Pessoa, 1888 - 1935 Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa was born in Lisbon. His father died when he was young and his mother married the Portuguese consul in Durban in South Africa where they lived from 1896 to 1951. During this time, Pessoa became fluent in English and was educated in Cape Town and Lisbon. Pessoa was employed as a business correspondent and also as a commercial translator. The bulk of his work was published in literary magazines, especially in his own Athena. His first book, "Antinous," appeared in 1918 and was followed by two other collection of poems, all written in English. In 1933, he published "Mensagem" his first book in Portuguese. "Livro Do Dessossogego (The Book of Disquiet)" the "factless autobiography" was written under the name of Bernardo Soares and appeared for the first time in 1982, almost fifty years after his death. Pessoa died on November 30, 1935 in Lisbon. Other writings that were published posthumously and translated into several languages include "Poesias de Fernando Pessoa" (1942), Poesias de Alvaro de Campos" (1944), Poemas de Alberto Caeiro" (1946), and "Odes de Ricardo Reis" (1946).

Richard Zenith is a renowned translator from the Portuguese. His translations include works by Antonio Lobo Antunes and Fernando Pessoa. He is the author of a short story collection (Terceires Pessoas). He has received grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim. He lives in Lisbon.

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