The Diary of "Helena Morley"

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Bloomsbury, 1997 - Brazil - 281 pages
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In 1952, soon after her arrival in Brazil, Elizabeth Bishop asked her new Brazilian friends which of their country's books she should read. They recommended Minha Vida de Menina - a diary kept by a young girl who lived in a mining town at the end of the nineteenth century. As a labor of love, Elizabeth Bishop devoted three years to translating the diary, a delightful account of a young girl's life in Brazil.

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Beginning in 1893, the exuberant twelve year old Alice Dayrell started a diary. English on her father's side, but Brazilian through her mother's, she writes of the everyday occurrences that made up ... Read full review

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