Machado de Assis

Picture by [[Marc Ferrez (photographer)|Marc Ferrez]], {{circa|1880}} Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (), often known by his surnames as Machado de Assis, ''Machado,'' or ''Bruxo do Cosme Velho'' (21 June 1839 – 29 September 1908), was a pioneer Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright and short story writer, widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature. In 1897, he founded and became the first President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. He was multilingual, having taught himself French, English, German and Greek later in life.

Born in , Rio de Janeiro, from a poor family, he was the grandson of freed slaves in a country where slavery would not be fully abolished until 49 years later. He barely studied in public schools and never attended university. With only his own intellect and autodidactism to rely on, he struggled to rise socially. To do so, he took several public positions, passing through the Ministry of Agriculture, Trade and Public Works, and achieving early fame in newspapers where he first published his poetry and chronicles.

Machado's work shaped the realist movement in Brazil. He became known for his wit and his eye-opening critiques of society. Generally considered to be Machado's greatest works are ''Dom Casmurro'' (1899), ''Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas'' ("Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas", also translated as ''Epitaph of a Small Winner'') and ''Quincas Borba'' (also known in English as ''Philosopher or Dog?''). In 1893 he published "A Missa do Galo" ("Midnight Mass"), often considered to be the greatest short story in Brazilian literature. Provided by Wikipedia
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    Contos esparsos / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1956
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    Dom Casmurro. by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1938
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    Esau and Jacob / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1965
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    Epitaph of a small winner / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1952
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    Critica litteraria. by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1938
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    Counselor Ayres' memorial / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1972
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    Helena : a novel / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1984
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    Quincas Borba / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1998
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    Machado de Assis afrodescendente : antologia e crítica / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 2020
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    História de quinze dias / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 2009
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    Philosopher or dog? : (Quincas Borba) / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1954
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    Esau and Jacob / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 2000
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    Helena : a novel / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1984
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    Instinto de nacionalidade & outros ensaios / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1999
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    Correspondencia / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1942
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    Historias sem data. by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1938
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    A semana / by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1938
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    Chronicas : (1859-1888) by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1938
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    Yayá Garcia. by Machado de Assis, 1839-1908

    Published 1940
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