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The seventh volume in the Eca de Queiros Programme. Artur Corvelo inherits a legacy, quits his provincial home town and sets out for the capital. Armed with poems and a play, he seeks literary renown and entry into fashionable circles. Disillusion follows and he returns to his origins.
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Eca de Queiros was born in 1843 at Povoa de Varzim in north Portugal. His father was a magistrate; he studied law at Coimbra. After travelling widely he entered the diplomatic service. Married, he became a devoted family man, a good host, a wit, a raconteur, dandy, aesthete, bon viveur. He served as consul in Havana, Newcastle, Bristol and Paris, where he died in 1900. He began his career writing travel articles, short stories and essays, before publishing his early novels, 'The Sin of Father Amaro' (1876) and 'Cousin Bazilio' (1878). Having won critical recognition with these early works, de Queiros firmly established his growing reputation with his 1886 novel, 'The Maias'. His later novels, notably 'The Illustrious House of Ramires'(1900) and 'The City and the Mountains'(1901), witnessed a shift in narrative focus from the hypocrisies of fashionable, urban society to a rural climate of liberal reform. Yet it is his enjoyment of everyday life, his insights into character, his sense of the unpredictability of individual destiny which give his work their vibrancy and contemporaneity.
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Book Description Carcanet, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. UK hardback first impression. Scarce. The book is VG with a slight lean in fine unclipped jacket. Book. Seller Inventory # 3106822363