Biography of Camilo Castelo Branco (1825-1890)

Portuguese writer; born in Lisbon (1825) and died in San Miguel de Seide (1890). It was one of the largest growers of the Portuguese language of all time. His life was one of the most important sources of his work. He/She lost his mother at age two and his father to the ten, since 1835 he/she went to live in Vila Real (Tras-os-Montes), home of a paternal aunt. His literary education was entrusted to two priests from the village and them due, in large part, their contacts with the Portuguese and Latin classics as well as ecclesiastical literature, which was always fond.

Between 1841 and 1846 he/she married and attempted to study medicine in Oporto and Coimbra. At the age of 23 began their literary beginning, since he/she took part in the gatherings of Porto with political satires, serials, poems and novels. Fell in love with Ana Plácido, a married woman, event that caused a religious crisis and he/she did attend the seminar of Oporto. It underwent a period of intense religious excitement that lasted as a souvenir for a few years and made his novel rotates around themes such as sin, redemption, Providence, etc. In 1859 Placido Anna left her husband and went to live with Camilo: scandal, economic difficulties and the pursuit of Justice led les a difficult life that ended with the imprisonment of the two. In 1861 he/she was acquitted, and a year later published Amor de perdição, work that marked his heyday of literary popularity. From 1864 he/she moved to live in San Miguel de Seide, where he/she dedicated himself to translate, edit, and write to live. His life was slowly transformed into a tragedy (economic difficulties, progressive blindness, etc), which ended with his suicide.

His literary production is composed of hundreds of titles, among include them the following: Os desagravados pundonores (1845), or final judgment and or sonho do inferno (1845), Agostinho de Ceuta (1847), to murraca (1847), Mary, kill me, that sou tua mae (1848), or Marquis of Torres Novas (1849), or Le Vieux Pont (1849), or clergy e or Mr. Alesandre Herculano (1850), Inspiracoes (1851)Anathema (1851), mysteries of Lisbon (1854), black book of father Dinis (1855), dinner contemporary (1855), A filha do Arcediago (1855), A net do Arcediago (1856), Onde is a felicidade? (1856), two hours of reading (1857), Um homem de brios (1857), Carlota Angela (1858), or that fazem mulheres (1858), dinner da Foz (1861), or romance de um homem rico (1861), Amor de perdição (1862), Coração, cabeça e stomach (1862), Adventures of Basil Fernandes Enxertado (1863), O bem e or wrong (1863), Amor de salvação (1864), A sereia (1865), A is dum anjo (1866)Or judeu (1866), or olho de Vidro (1866), A bruxa de Monte Córdova (1867), to doida do candan (1867), or portrait of Ricardina (1868), Os brilhantes do brasileiro (1869), A mulher fatal (1870), regicide (1874), A filha do regicide (1875), to caveira do martyr (1875), Eusébio Macário (1879), to conja (1880), A brasileira da Prazins (1883), etc.

It is considered the most complete Portuguese representative of novel and story of the 19th century and one of the key elements of the vision of literary romanticism in Portugal.

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