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The poetry of “the greatest twentieth century writer you have never heard of ” (Los Angeles Times) 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.
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Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (/pɛˈsoʊə/; European Portuguese: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃dw ɐ̃ˈtɔnju nuˈɣɐjɾɐ pɨˈsoɐ]; June 13, 1888 – November 30, 1935), was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language.
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