The ABC of Castro Alves

The ABC of Castro Alves (Portuguese: ABC de Castro Alves) is a biography of a famous Brazilian poet, written by Jorge Amado and first published in 1941. There is no English version.

The ABC of Castro Alves
First edition
AuthorJorge Amado
Original titleABC de Castro Alves
PublisherLivraria Martins Editora, São Paulo, republished by Companhia das Letras, 2010.
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Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves was a Brazilian poet and playwright, famous for his abolitionist and republican poems. He was known as the poet of the slaves. During his childhood, spent in what is now the town of Castro Alves, and in the state capital, Salvador, he discovered the importance of struggle from his campaigning uncle. [1] In writing the biography, Amado exhibits what has been called "devout admiration" for the poet, who is seen as the "romantic champion of the slave emancipation movement". [2]The biography records the most important times of the poet’s short life, such as his discovery of the writings of Byron and Victor Hugo, his affair with the actress Eugênia Câmara, his studies in law in Recife and São Paulo, his campaigning alongside Rui Barbosa and Joaquim Nabuco, as well as his death from tuberculosis at 24. The text is accompanied by poems of Castro Alves that Amado brings into the biography. [1][3]


  1. ^ a b >"ABC de Castro Alves". Companhia das Letras. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  2. ^ Armstrong, Piers (1999). Third World Literary Fortunes: Brazilian Culture and Its International Reception. Associated University Presses. p. 93. ISBN 0-8387-5404-X.
  3. ^ da Costa e Silva, Alberto. "The ABC of Castro Alves - Afterword".