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The Collected Poems of Álvaro de Campos Vol.2: 1928-1935
Translated by Chris Daniels
Shearsman Books, 198 pp, paperback, £12.95, ISBN 978-1-905700-25-7Series 3 No.14 - Polyphony
Review by Karen McCarthy Woolf
Unlike a pseudonym, or an anonym, the heteronym is a wholly fabricated persona: the author is not writing as himself under another or a concealed name, he is writing as another character altogether. An exact contemporary of T.S. Eliot, Fernando Pessoa was born in Lisbon in 1888; he died young, at forty-seven, of cirrhosis of the liver. He published in...» Read review in full» More reviews in this issue
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