Fernando Pessoa


Born
in Lisbon, Portugal
June 13, 1888

Died
November 30, 1935

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Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa was a poet and writer.

It is sometimes said that the four greatest Portuguese poets of modern times are Fernando Pessoa. The statement is possible since Pessoa, whose name means ‘person’ in Portuguese, had three alter egos who wrote in styles completely different from his own. In fact Pessoa wrote under dozens of names, but Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis and Álvaro de Campos were – their creator claimed – full-fledged individuals who wrote things that he himself would never or could never write. He dubbed them ‘heteronyms’ rather than pseudonyms, since they were not false names but “other names”, belonging to distinct literary personalities. Not only were their styles different; they thought differently, they h
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“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

“The feelings that hurt most, the emotions that sting most, are those that are absurd - The longing for impossible things, precisely because they are impossible; nostalgia for what never was; the desire for what could have been; regret over not being someone else; dissatisfaction with the world’s existence. All these half-tones of the soul’s consciousness create in us a painful landscape, an eternal sunset of what we are.”
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Polls

December 2015 New School Classics Group Read

 
  25 votes, 18.1%

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 481 pages
 
  18 votes, 13.0%

 
  16 votes, 11.6%

 
  14 votes, 10.1%

 
  13 votes, 9.4%

 
  8 votes, 5.8%

1987, Beloved by Toni Morrison, 324 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1950, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute, 359 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1963, The Collector by John Fowles, 283 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

1974, Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, 144 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.3%

 
  5 votes, 3.6%

1935, BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara, 256 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.9%

1995, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, 216 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.9%

 
  3 votes, 2.2%

 
  2 votes, 1.4%

1937, Christ in Concrete by Pietro Di Donato, 256 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

1974, The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, 267 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

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