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Fernando Pessoa: The Bilingual Portuguese Poet

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Anne Terlinden

Part II. The Mad Fiddler

Chapter 1. The legacy and The Mad Fiddler

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The previous parts of this study have shown us, in theory as well as in practice, that Pessoa should not be considered only as a Portugese poet. We have also discovered that this outstanding contemporary Portuguese poet published more in English than in Portuguese during his lifetime, in spite of the fact that it was with the posthumous publication of much of his work in Portuguese that he is today considered one of the greatest poets of our century. For a long time what was known of his English production was limited to a number of small books like Antinous, Inscriptions, Epithalamium and 35 Sonnets, a small output indeed when compared to the vast and varied production in Portuguese. We know now however, that the English work of Pessoa is not limited to those volumes, for the vast majority of his English writings are still to be found unpublished in the Pessoan estate.

This remarkable legacy, sold recently by Pessoa’s family to the Portuguese government and presently kept at the Bib...

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