Poesias Completas by Alexandre O'Neill; (Spanish Language)
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Book Description Lisbon, Assírio & Alvim, 2000., 2000. Large 8°, original printed wrappers. As new. 541 pp., (1 l.), illustrated. *** Introductory essay by Miguel Tamen, "A poesia" (pp. 7-15), is original to this edition. Alexandre O'Neill [Alexandre Manuel Vahia de Castro O'Neill de Bulhões] (Lisbon, 1924-1986), an important Surrealist artist, poet, and writer, was one of the founders of the Lisbon Surrealist Movement, although he soon split from it. He is known for disrespecting social and literary conventions, for his black humor, and for his love/hate attitude toward Portugal. He made his living as a publicist, and his witty way with words can be seen in his poetry as well.Always appreciated by a select elite, O'Neill?s poetry has been gaining increasing critical recognition in recent years, and O'Neill is becoming recognized as one of the major Portuguese literary figures of the twentieth century. A sculpture of him (of a rather surreal appearance!) was erected in Oeiras in the Parque dos Poetas, which was established in 2003.His first book of poetry, Tempo de fantasmas, was published in 1951, and 1956 saw the publication of No Reino de Dinamarca, perhaps his most successful book of poems. (It appeared again in 1967, 1969, 1974, 1997, and 1999.) *** On O'Neill, see: Maria Antónia Oliveira, Alexandre O'Neill: Uma biografia literária, 2007. Maria Jesus Avila and Perfecto E. Cuadrado, Surrealismo em Portugal 1934-1952 (2001), pp. 316-22, 363, 394-5, and passim. Fernando Guimarães in Machado, Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, pp. 349-50. Clara Rocha in Biblos, III, 1275-7. Dicionário cronológico de autores portugueses, V, 350-2. Saraiva & Lopes, História da literatura portuguesa (16th ed.), pp. 1102-3. Bookseller Inventory # 10067