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There's No Word for «Saudade»

Perspectives on the Literature and Culture of Portuguese America


George Monteiro

There’s No Word for Saudade contains twenty-one essays aimed at a readership interested in cultural and historical materials, including those related to Portuguese America. Significant figures covered include John Dos Passos, Charles Reis Felix, Julian Silva, John Philip Sousa, Mark Twain, Herman Melville, James Merrill, and the Azorean John Francis, businessman, patron, and friend to the fabled Provincetown Players. Concluding essays scrutinize and judge the phenomenon of the Portuguese movie in the 1930s and 1940s, and trace the history of the tricky but persistently present Portuguese concept of saudade.
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Professor Emeritus of English and of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Brown University, George Monteiro continues as Adjunct Professor of Portuguese Studies at the same university. Among his books are Henry James and John Hay: The Record of a Friendship, Robert Frost & the New England Renaissance, The Correspondence of Henry James and Henry Adams, The Presence of Camões, Stephen Crane’s Blue Badge of Courage, The Presence of Pessoa, Fernando Pessoa and Nineteenth-Century Anglo-American Literature, Conversations with Elizabeth Bishop, Stephen Crane: The Contemporary Reviews, Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil and After, As Paixões de Pessoa, Robert Frost’s Poetry of Rural Life, Reading Henry James: A Critical Perspective on Selected Works, The Hemingway Short Story, and (with Brenda C. Murphy) Eugene O’Neil Remembered. He has published translations of the poetry of the Portuguese writers Jorge de Sena, Fernando Pessoa, Miguel Torga, and Pedro da Silveira as well as the prose of José Rodrigues Migúeis, Jorge de Sena, and José Saramago. He has published three books of poetry, The Coffee Exchange, Double Weaver’s Knot, and The Pessoa Chronicles: Poems, 1980–2016, along with 38 School Street: A Memoir.

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