José Régio

José Maria dos Reis Pereira, better known by the pen name José Regio (17 September 1901, Vila do Conde - 22 December 1969, Vila do Conde), was a Portuguese writer who spent most of his life in Portalegre (1929 to 1962). He was the brother of Júlio Maria dos Reis Pereira [pt], a painter and illustrator.

José Régio
Statue of José Régio in Vila do Conde
Statue of José Régio in Vila do Conde
Born(1901-09-17)September 17, 1901
Vila do Conde, Kingdom of Portugal
Died(1969-12-22)December 22, 1969
Vila do Conde, Portugal
OccupationWriter
Literary movementModernism

BiographyEdit

In 1927 he founded the magazine Presença which would come to be a cornerstone of the Second Modernism [pt] movement in Portugal, of which he was the main spokesperson. Aside from this magazine he also made contributions to newspapers such as the Diário de Notícias and the Comércio do Porto.

He was defiant of the Estado Novo regime and was a member of the Movimento de Unidade Democrática (Movement of Democratic Unity), supporting Norton de Matos in his bid for the Portuguese presidency.

As a writer, José Régio was the author of novels, plays, poetry and essays. His works are strongly focused on the theme of conflict between Man and God and between Individual and Society; in a critical analysis of solitude and human relations. As an essayist, he dedicated himself to the study of Camões and Florbela Espanca.

Published worksEdit

PoetryEdit

  • 1925 - Poemas de Deus e do Diabo.
  • 1929 - Biografia.
  • 1935 - As Encruzilhadas de Deus.
  • 1945 - Fado (1941), Mas Deus é Grande.
  • 1954 - A Chaga do Lado.
  • 1961 - Filho do Homem.
  • 1968 - Cântico Suspenso.
  • 1970 - Música Ligeira.
  • 1971 - Colheita da Tarde.

FictionEdit

  • 1934 - Jogo da Cabra-Cega.
  • 1941 - Davam Grandes Passeios aos Domingos.
  • 1942 - O Príncipe com Orelhas de Burro.
  • 1945 to 1966 - A Velha Casa.
  • 1946 - Histórias de Mulheres, The Flame-Coloured Dress, UK, 1999 (+ Davam Grandes Passeios...) ISBN 1-85754-386-6
  • 1962 - Há Mais Mundos.

EssaysEdit

  • 1936 - Críticas e Criticados.
  • 1938 - António Botto e o Amor.
  • 1940 - Em Torno da Expressão Artística.
  • 1952 - As Correntes e as Individualidades na Moderna Poesia Portuguesa.
  • 1964 - Ensaios de Interpretação Crítica.
  • 1967 - Três Ensaios sobre Arte.
  • 1977 - Páginas de Doutrina e Crítica da Presença.

PlaysEdit

  • 1940 - Jacob e o Anjo.
  • 1947 - Benilde ou a Virgem-Mãe.
  • 1949 - El-Rei Sebastião.
  • 1954 - A Salvação do Mundo.
  • 1957 - Três Peças em Um Acto.

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