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Pessoa, Fernando

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Author(s): Binet, Ana Maria
Pessoa, Fernando, * 13 Jun 1888 (Lisbon), † 30 Jan 1935 (Lisbon) Portuguese poet and esotericist. After the death of his father when he was five years old, Pessoa's mother took him with her to Durban, South Africa, where she settled with her new husband, the Portuguese Consul of that town. After high school, Pessoa returned to Portugal, where he soon began to work as a commercial correspondent in English and French. He became involved in the Portuguese modernist literary movement, publishing a considerable …