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Susan Margaret Brown

Susan Margaret Brown is a professor, critic, and literary translator from the Portuguese. She holds a PhD. in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a dissertation on the influence of Walt Whitman in Fernando Pessoa’s heteronymy. She co-translated with Edwin Honig two Pessoa books: The Keeper of Sheep (Riverdaleon-Hudson, New York: The Sheep Meadow Press, 1985) and Poems of Fernando Pessoa (New York: The Ecco Press, 1986 [1st ed.]; San Francisco: City Lights Books, 1998). Her work has been featured in The Paris Review, The Southwest Review, Pessoa Plural, among others. Brown resides in Providence, Rhode Island.

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António Osório, originally from Setúbal, a port town south of Lisbon, was born in 1933 to a Portuguese father and an Italian mother. He practiced law by profession, serving both as the head of the Portuguese Bar Association and as president of the Portuguese Association for Environmental Law. His early books — A Raiz Afectuosa [The Tender Root] and A Ignorância da Morte [Ignorance of Death] — were both published in the 1970s to great acclaim in Portugal. Later books would earn him the Township of Lisbon Literary Prize (1982), the P.E.N. Club Portuguese Poetry Prize (1991), and the prestigious Portuguese National Authors Prize (2010) for his collected works A Luz Fraterna [Fraternal Light]. A Felicidade da Luz [Joy of Light], published by Assírio & Alvim in 2016, was his last book. António Osório passed away at his family home, in Lisbon, on November 18th, 2021, at the age of 88. The selection of ten poems translated were originally published in Portuguese in Planetário e Zoo dos Homens (Lisbon, ed. Presença, 1990) (Panetary and Zoo of Men).

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