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Lusbela, drama.

MACEDO, Joaquim Manoel de.

Published by Rio de Janeiro, B.L. Garnier, and Paris, Garnier Irmãos (printed Paris: Imp. de Simon Raçon), 1863., 1863
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12°, modern (ca. 1980?) full blue morocco by L. Berger, spine with raised bands in six compartments, gilt letter, covers with gilt decoration on borders, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endleaves, original printed wrappers bound in. Some foxing at edges. Uncut. Overall in very good condition. (2 ll.), 140 pp. *** FIRST EDITION of one of the most important of Macedo's twelve dramas, first performed in 1862. Showing Macedo's concern with social criticism, it tells the story of Damiana, seduced by her father's employer, who is banished by her father and becomes a prostitute under the name Rosa Lusbela. Macedo was a major force in Brazilian theater: O primo da Califórnia is usually cited as the first work of Realist theater in Brazil. His importance was emphasized by Verîssimo: "um dos principais fomentadores do nosso theatro, e porventura o seu melhor engenho" (p. 159). His dramaturgical activity stretches from 1849 to the early 1870s, the period Veríssimo considered the best for Brazilian drama, "que então realmente existiu com autores e atôres nacionais, queridos e estimados do público" (p. 161).Macedo (1820-1882), a native of Itaboraí, Rio de Janeiro, is usually considered the first Brazilian novelist. A Moreninha, published in 1844, was a tremendous popular success and is still read today. He was one of the most prolific authors Brazil has ever produced, with some twenty novels, twelve dramas, and ten other works to his credit. His evaluation by the critics, however, seems to have declined as his popular success grew. Benedicto (quoted in Goldberg, pp. 93-4) comments, "If we wish to judge him in comparison with [José de Alencar, Taunay or Machado de Assis] or with the writers of today, his work pales . But accepting him in the time for which he wrote, when the novel had not yet received the Flaubertian esthetics that ennobled it and had not been enriched by the realistic genius of Zola - beside his contemporaries Teixeira de Souza, Manoel de Almeida and Bernardo Guimarães, he seems to us living, picturesque, colorful, as indeed he is. I esteem him because he has contributed to the development and wealth of our literature."*** Blake IV, 188: calling for only 140 pp. Innocêncio XII, 108: calling for only 140 pp. W. Martins, História da inteligência brasileira III, 181-4, with a long description of Lusbela on pp. 183-4. Ford, Whittem and Raphael, Tentative Bibliography of Brazilian Belles-Lettres p. 96: calling for only 140 pp. Verîssimo, História da literatura brasileira (1969) pp. 159-61. On Macedo's dramas, see Carpeaux, Pequena bibliografia crítica da literatura brasileira pp. 83-4. NUC: InU, MH. Bookseller Inventory # 22221

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Title: Lusbela, drama.

Publisher: Rio de Janeiro, B.L. Garnier, and Paris, Garnier Irmãos (printed Paris: Imp. de Simon Raçon), 1863.

Publication Date: 1863

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: 1st Edition

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