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Book: ‘Writings on Art and Poetical Theory’ by Fernando Pessoa – Editor’s Note

Writings on Art and Poetical Theory contains a selection of Fernando Pessoa’s writings (or those of his heteronyms) on art and poetical theory, originally written in English. In Pessoa’s oeuvre one finds not only literary and fictional works but also a multiplicity of theoretical texts on the most diverse subjects concerning artistic movements, literature, and writers.
In this book, we witness Pessoa explore, through various heteronyms, general theories on poetics, the poetries of other heteronyms, the uses and abuses of criticism, and more. Also included are essays on sensationism (an aesthetic movement Pessoa dubs a new species of Weltanschauung), translation, and a brief history of English literature, which is comprised of fragments on Shakespeare, Milton, the British Romantics, Dickens, Wilde, and others, as well as additional material, such as Pessoa’s own poem Antinous.
This edition, prepared by Nuno Ribeiro and Cláudia Souza, allows us to have an overview of Pessoa’s writings on art and poetic theory – most of which are presented here for the first time to English readers -, thus opening the way for future studies on one of the most significant authors of Portuguese modernism.

About the Author

Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935) – Born in Lisbon, Portugal, where he lived most of his life in obscurity, has gained international recognition as one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Most of his vast body of work was published posthumously.

About the Editors

Nuno Ribeiro is a Post-doctoral researcher at IELT, New University of Lisbon (FCSH). He holds a degree in Philosophy (2007) and a PhD in Philosophy-Aesthetics (2012) from Universidade Nova de Lisboa. His research interests lie at literature with emphasis on the thought of Fernando Pessoa. He published books, editions, articles and chapters of books in Europe, United States and Brazil.

Cláudia Souza received her doctorate in Portuguese Language Literature from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, with a thesis entitled: Sciences of Psychism, Politics and Literary Creation in the estate of Fernando Pessoa – 1905–1914. In 2017, she completed a post-doctorate on Fernando Pessoa at the Department of Philosophy at the University of São Paulo. She is the author of numerous editions and essays on the work of Fernando Pessoa published in Europe, Brazil and the United States.

Book details

Title: Writings on Art and Poetical Theory

Author: Fernando Pessoa

Editors: Nuno Ribeiro & Cláudia Souza

Publisher‏:Contra Mundum Press

Publication Date: March 7, 2022

Language‏: ‎English

Paperback: 240pp

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