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Morna, contos de Cabo Verde.


Published by Leiria, Printed by Tipografia Leiriense, for The Author, 1948., 1948
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8°, original illustrated wrappers (some foxing and soiling to rear cover; tear of about 5 cm. to outer edge of front wrapper; some defects to spine and joints). Uncut. Browned, as usual. In good condition, if just barely. Author's signed and dated seven-line presentation inscription across title page: "Para Maria Adelaide Batista Martin [?] - // Com as Saudações [illeg.] do autor, // e votos por [three words illeg.] seus desejos // de um dia escrever um livro: de // prosa ou verso! // Fevreiro de 1955 // of. Manuel Ferreira". 161 pp., (1 l.). *** FIRST EDITION of these stories of Cabo Verde, the author's second book, one of his principal works of fiction. A second, revised edition appeared in 1967.Manuel Ferreira (Leiria, 1917-Linda-a-Velha, 1992), author of fiction and essays and a university professor, was imprisoned from 1938-1939 for political activities. In 1941 he became an army officer, serving in various colonial posts. In Cabo Verde, his first post, he married the writer Orlanda Amarílis. After 1947, he served in India and Angola, and visited Nigeria and Guiné-Bissau. He eventually rose to the rank of Captain. Through his wife he became familiar with most of the more important literary figures of Cabo Verde and familiarized himself with the local culture and language, whose influence is reflected in his fiction. He also developed a life-long passion for Lusophone African literature. After the April 25, 1974 Portuguese revolution, he was named to the first chair in Lusophone African literature at the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, a position he held until his death. At the same university he was co-director of the Instituto de Estudos Africanos.*** Gerald Moser & Manuel Ferreira, A New Bibliography of the Lusophone Literatures of Africa (2nd ed., 1993) 1876. See Álvaro Manuel Machado in Dicionário de literatura portuguesa, pp. 188-9; Lourenço do Rosário in Biblos, II, 543; Dicionário cronológico de autores portugueses, IV, 636-9. Porbase locates two copies: one in the Biblioteca Nacional de Lisboa, the other in the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian-Biblioteca Geral de Arte. Copac repeats British Library and adds King's College London. Bookseller Inventory # 37989

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Title: Morna, contos de Cabo Verde.

Publisher: Leiria, Printed by Tipografia Leiriense, for The Author, 1948.

Publication Date: 1948

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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