Work by José Dias Sancho presented at the São Brás de Alportel Library

Today at 18pm

The sixth and final volume of the complete and now reissued collection of the work of writer José Dias Sancho will be presented this Thursday, January 11th, at 18pm, at the Dr. Estanco Louro Municipal Library, in São Brás de Alportel. 

The sixth volume “Brief prose, correspondence, interviews and theater” joins the previously released volumes: “Deus Pan and other tales” and “Golden Calves”, “Idols of Clay and other critical foreshortenings”, “Canções de Amor e other Poems” and “Chronicles and conferences”, whose reissue resulted from a formalized partnership between the Municipality of São Brás de Alportel and the University of Algarve.

This last volume compiles texts relating to brief prose, correspondence and interviews, published in various newspapers and magazines of the time, as well as some plays.

The project for the complete reissue of José Dias Sancho's work was achieved through the research and editing work of the team of researchers Sílvia Quinteiro and Maria José Marques, and the collaboration of the publisher Opera Omnia.

«A work that attests to the literary grandeur of the writer from São Paulo as a notable figure of the modern Algarve generation who fate betrayed and did not allow him to have a long life», says the municipality.

The books are on sale in the Municipality of São Brás de Alportel, in national bookstores and digital sales platforms.

Lawyer, poet, writer, fiction writer, lecturer, literary critic and caricaturist, José Dias Sancho was born in São Brás de Alportel on April 22, 1898 and died in Faro, on January 11, 1929.

At the age of 16, he wrote the play “A Ceia dos Cábulas” for a Liceu party, a parody of “Ceia dos Cardeais”, by Júlio Dantas. Years later, she returned to criticize the work of Júlio Dantas in the book “Ídolos de Barro” (2nd volume).

He was one of the founders of the newspaper Correio do Sul and collaborated with many newspapers in the region, namely Folha de Alte, Vida Algarvia and the magazine Costa de Oiro, in Lagos, where, among other works, he published the children’s story “No Reino dos Dolls”.

In Lisbon, he wrote for Diário de Notícias, Diário de Lisboa, O Século and A Situação, of which he was director. While a university student at the Faculty of Law, in Lisbon, he collaborated on Académico, a fortnightly newspaper that defended academic interests.

He graduated in 1926, but did not practice law. He was appointed official in the Civil Registry of Ourique and São Brás de Alportel.

He married Maria Helena Pousão Pereira Dias Sancho, daughter of the poet João Lúcio, with whom he had a daughter, Maria Luzia, to whom the short story “El-Rei-bebé” is dedicated.

At the time of his death, on 11 January 1929, he was the Civil Registry Officer of Faro.

«From typical and genuinely Algarvian prose, romantic poet, his literary work marks one of the most notable values ​​of the modern generation, deserving of the most flattering references from Portuguese critics and being considered among the greats of literature: Cândido Guerreiro, Ferreira de Castro, Sousa Costa and Norberto Araújo", reads the Municipality's note.

“Canções de Amor”, a collection of poetry, “Serenata de Mefistopheles”, a work of satirical poetry in quatrains, “Deus-Pan”, rustic tales, “El-Rei-Bebé”, dedicated to his daughter, and the novel “Bezerros de Outos” are some of the books he published.

 



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