Selected Prose of Fernando Pessoa

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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," a writer of "remarkable genius," 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 spans fiction and drama, playful intellectual inquiry, Platonic dialogue, and bitter intellectual scrapping between Pessoa and ...
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Overview

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," a writer of "remarkable genius," 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 spans fiction and drama, playful intellectual inquiry, Platonic dialogue, and bitter intellectual scrapping between Pessoa and his many literary alter egos ("heteronyms"). In these pieces, 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802139146
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,386,161
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

General Introduction xi
Fernando Pessoa the Man and Poet xi
Fernando Pessoa, Prose Writer xiv
Fernando Pessoa, English Writer xvii
About This Edition xviii
Thanks xxi
Aspects 1
The Artist as a Young Man and Heteronym 6
Introduction 6
"I was a poet animated by philosophy ..." 9
"The artist must be born beautiful ..." 10
"I have always had in consideration ..." 10
Three Prose Fragments 11
"Ten thousand times my heart broke ..." 11
"I saw the little children ..." 11
"I, Charles Robert Anon ..." 12
"I am tired of confiding in myself ..." 12
[An Unsent Letter to Clifford Geerdts] 14
Two Prose Fragments 15
"Bond entered into by Alexander Search ..." 15
"No soul more loving or tender ..." 15
Rule of Life 17
The Mariner 18
Introduction 18
The Mariner--A Static Drama in One Act 20
To Fernando Pessoa 35
The Master and His Disciples 36
Introduction 36
Notes for the Memory of My Master Caeiro 38
from Translator's Preface to the Poems of Alberto Caeiro 50
[On Alvaro de Campos] 55
[On the Work of Ricardo Reis] 56
Sensationism and Other Isms 58
Introduction 58
Preface to an Anthology of the Portuguese Sensationists 61
"All sensations are good ..." 64
[Intersectionist] Manifesto 65
Sensationism 66
Ultimatum 69
Translator's Preface to Ultimatum 69
Ultimatum 72
from "What Is Metaphysics?" 88
Letter to Mario de Sa-Carneiro 89
Riddle of the Stars 92
Introduction 92
[Letter to His Aunt Anica] 98
[30 Astral Communications] 103
from Essay on Initiation E 120
Treatise on Negation 121
Letter to Two French Magnetists F 124
Selected Letters to Ophelia Queiroz 128
[Phase 1: Pessoa in Love?] (March-November 1920) 129
[Phase 2: Pessoa Insane?] (September-October 1929) 139
Neopaganism 147
from The Return of the Gods 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
from Preface to the Complete Poems of Alberto Caeiro 153
"The work of Caeiro represents the total reconstruction ..." 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
Introduction 158
1. "Any Empire not founded on the Spiritual Empire ..." 161
2. "The Fifth Empire. The future of Portugal ..." 162
3. "The promise of the Fifth Empire ..." 162
4. "Only one kind of propaganda can raise the morale ..." 163
5. "What, basically, is Sebastianism?" 164
6. "To justify its present-day ambition ..." 164
7. "An imperialism of grammarians?" 165
8. "A foggy morning." 166
The Anarchist Banker 167
Pessoa on Millionaires 197
from An Essay on Millionaires and Their Ways 197
from American Millionaires 198
Environment 200
[Self-Definition] 201
Erostratus: The Search for Immortality 202
Introduction 202
from Erostratus 205
On the Literary art and its Artists 213
[The Task of Modern Poetry] 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
[The Art of Translation] 222
From Essay on Poetry 224
From France in 1950 231
Random Notes and Epigrams 234
Two Letters to Joao Gaspar Simoes 239
[Letter of 11 December 1931] 239
[Letter of 28 July 1932] 247
Three Letters to Adolfo Casais Monteiro 250
[Letter of 11 January 1930] 250
[Letter of 13 January 1935] 251
[Another Version of the Genesis of the Heteronyms] 261
[Letter of 20 January 1935] 262
The Book of Disquiet 265
Introduction 265
From The Book of Disquiet 270
From the Education of the Stoic (Baron of Teive) 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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