Fernando Pessoa (June 13,1888 - November 30,1935 / Lisbon)
Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (b. June 13,1888 in Lisbon, Portugal — d. November 30,1935 in the same city) was a poet and writer. Critic Harold Bloom referred to him in the book 'The Western Canon' as the most representative poet of the twentieth century, along with Pablo Neruda. Pessoa is unique as an author due to the prevalence of heteronyms in his writing, with few of his poems being signed by himself.
When Pessoa was five years old, his father died of tuberculosis. A year later, his brother also died and his widowed mother was remarried to the Portuguese consul in Durban, South Africa; the family moved to the city in 1896. The young Pessoa received his early education in... more »
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