Fernando Pessoa

Philosopher, Author

1888 – 1935

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Who was Fernando Pessoa?

Fernando Pessoa, born Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa, 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. He also wrote in and translated from English and French.

Pessoa was a prolific writer, and not only under his own name, for he dreamed up approximately seventy-five others. He did not call them pseudonyms because he felt that did not capture their true independent intellectual life and instead called them heteronyms. These imaginary figures sometimes held unpopular or extreme views.

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Born
Jun 13, 1888
Lisbon District
Also known as
  • Pessoa
  • Pessoa, Fernando
  • Alexander Search
Parents
Siblings
Religion
  • Agnosticism
Ethnicity
  • Portuguese people
Nationality
  • Portugal
Profession
Education
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Lisbon
  • Durban High School
    (1899/04 - )
Died
Nov 30, 1935
Lisbon
Resting place
Jerónimos Monastery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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