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Fernando Pessoa: The Bilingual Portuguese Poet

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Anne Terlinden

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Owing to the beauty of his heteronymic poetry, Fernando Pessoa (1886-1935) is considered today the greatest Portuguese poet since Camoes and also as a central figure of Modern Literature. But the existence of a large number of unpublished poems in English is turning him into an outstanding case of Luso-bilingualism.

A quick look at the unpublished posthumous legacy of Pessoa (which was sold in the Winter of 1978-1979 to the Portuguese government by Pessoa’s family and is now kept at the Biblioteca Nacional de Lisboa), show how extensive his English production is as compared to his well known Portuguese work.

The purpose of this investigation is then to shed light on the rather unexplored "English facet" of Fernando Pessoa. Out of the bulk of Pessoa’s English writings, the partially unpublished The Mad Fiddler has been selected for its quality and for being a coherent suite of "mystical" poems. This evaluation will also incorporate a study of Pessoa’s private library and of his unpubli...

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