Orígenes Lessa, journalist, short story writer, novelist, and a writer of essays, was born in Lençóis Paulista, SP, on July 12, 1903, and died in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, on July 13, 1986. He was elected, on July 9, 1981 for the Chair number 10 of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, succeeding Osvaldo Orico, and was received on November 20, 1981, by the Academy Member Francisco de Assis Barbosa.
A son of Vicente Themudo Lessa, historian, journalist and a Protestant pastor from the State of Pernambuco, and of Henriqueta Pinheiro Themudo Lessa. In 1906, he was taken by his family to São Luís in the State of Maranhão, where he stayed until the age 9, following his fathers's journey as a missionary. From the experience of his childhood resulted the novel Rua do Sol (Street of the Sun). In 1912, he returned to São Paulo. At the age 19, he entered a Protestant seminar, which he left two years later.
In 1924, he moved to Rio de Janeiro. Voluntarily separated from his family, he faced great difficulties. In order to support himself he became a teacher. He finished a Physical Education couyrse, become a calisthenics teacher of the Physical Education Institute of the YMCA. He entered the newspaper life, publishing his first articles in the section "Social-Worker Tribune" of the newspaper O Imparcial. He was married to the writer Elsie Lessa. Their only son is the writer and journalist Ivan Lessa. He is the grandfather of the writer Juliana Foster and also an uncle of the writer and translator Sergio Pinheiro Lopes.
Brazilian Academy of Letters - Occupant of the 10th chair
1981 — 1986
A Intrusa is a 1979 Brazilian drama film directed by Carlos Hugo Christensen, based on the short story "La intrusa" by Jorge Luis Borges. The film is about the parallel lives of two gaucho brothers with Danish ancestry. It was shot in Uruguaiana, Rio Grande do Sul.Adelmar Tavares
Adelmar Tavares da Silva (Recife, February 16, 1888 – June 20, 1963 Rio de Janeiro) was a lawyer, magistrate, jurist, professor and poet from Recife. He was a member of Brazilian Societies devoted to criminology and law. As a poet he was respected with several of his poems becoming songs. In 1948 he became President of the Academia Brasileira de Letras.Alberto da Costa e Silva
Alberto da Costa e Silva (born 12 May 1931, in São Paulo) is a Brazilian historian, poet and former diplomat. He won the 2014 Camões Prize.Alfredo Bosi
Alfredo Bosi (São Paulo, August 23, 1936) is a Brazilian historian, literary critic, and professor. He is member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras (Brazilian Academy of Letters), occupying Chair number 12. One of his most famous books is "História Concisa da Literatura Brasileira" (Brief History of Brazilian Literature), widely used in Brazilian universities in literature courses. Bosi also wrote several studies about Italian literature and about major Brazilian writers as well as essays on the field of hermeneutics.Carlos de Laet
Carlos Maximiliano Pimenta de Laet (October 3, 1847 – December 7, 1927) was a journalist, professor and poet from Brazil.Cornélio Pires
Cornélio Pires (July 13, 1884 in Tietê – February 17, 1958 in São Paulo) was a journalist, writer, and Brazilian folklorist.
Cornélio Pires was the most important studious of the country man, he understood him, and was the first to launch, in 78 rpm records, the country music, called today "roots music", as opposed to country music.
Cornélio Pires is a cousin of the writers Elsie Lessa, Orígenes Lessa, Ivan Lessa and Sergio Pinheiro Lopes. Cornélio is also the uncle of the spiritist journalist and thinker José Herculano Pires.Elsie Lessa
Elsie Lessa (1912 – May 2000) was a Brazilian journalist and writer of American descent.She was hired as a reporter for the newspaper O Globo in 1946. From 1952 till her death in May 2000, she wrote continuously for the paper. No other writer had a permanent role with the paper for so long.
She was considered one of the two most beautiful women of her day in Rio de Janeiro, along with Adalgisa Nery). The writer Rubem Braga tells of how he followed her for a long time through the streets of downtown São Paulo, just to enjoy her beauty and grace.
The writer Ruy Castro, in his book Ela é Carioca said of her: "Elsie has to be placed beside the greatest masters of a genre in the language, like Rubem Braga, Paulo Mendes Campos and Fernando Sabino".
She was a granddaughter of the writer and grammarian Júlio Ribeiro, patron of the 24th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters and the creator of the flag of the State of São Paulo.
She was married to the writer Orígenes Lessa, with whom she had a son, the writer and journalist Ivan Lessa. Lessa later married journalist and writer Ivan Pedro de Martins. She is the grandmother of the writer Juliana Foster, and aunt and godmother of the writer and translator Sergio Pinheiro Lopes.Fernando Magalhães
Fernando Magalhães (February 18, 1878 – January 10, 1944) was a Brazilian obstetrician who was twice President of the Academia Brasileira de Letras.Francisco de Assis Barbosa
Francisco de Assis Barbosa (Guaratinguetá, January 21, 1914 – Rio de Janeiro, December 8, 1991) was a Brazilian biographer, essayist, historian, and journalist. He was a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.Ivan Lessa
Ivan Pinheiro Themudo Lessa (May 9, 1935 – June 8, 2012) was a Brazilian journalist and writer of American descent.Lauro Müller
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Müller occupied the 34th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 1912 until his death in 1926.Lessa (surname)
The surname Lessa may refer to:
Aureliano Lessa (1828–1861), a Brazilian poet, adept of the "Ultra-romanticism" movement
Elsie Lessa (1912–2000), a Brazilian journalist and writer of American descent
Fernanda Lessa, a Brazilian top model
Ivan Lessa (born 1935), a Brazilian journalist and writer of American descent
Leandro Lessa Azevedo (born 1980), a Brazilian striker
Orígenes Lessa (1903–1986), journalist, short story writer, novelist, and a writer of essays
William A. LessaList of libraries in Brazil
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O Feijão e o Sonho (en: The Bean and the Dream) is a novel by Brazilian writer Orígenes Lessa, published in 1938. Torn between needing money to feed his family and desiring to be coherent to his own ideals and convictions, Campos Lara, living on a small rural town with his wife, Maria Rosa, and their children, works as a teacher to the sons of the local farmers. A poet, he tends to forget matters of practical nature in favor of his intellectual reveries; while he feels isolated, living in a forgotten place, without anyone with whom to discuss his thoughts, his wife struggles to keep their house from falling apart and their children from starving.Otto Lara Resende
Otto Lara Resende (1 May 1922 – 28 December 1992) was a Brazilian journalist and writer.Paulo Setúbal
Paulo de Oliveira Leite Setúbal (January 1, 1893 – May 4, 1937) was a Brazilian writer, lawyer, journalist, essayist and poet.
He occupied the 31st chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters from 1934 until his death in 1937.Rachel de Queiroz
Rachel de Queiroz (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʁaˈkɛw d(ʒ)i ˈkejˈɾɔs], November 17, 1910 – November 4, 2003) was a Brazilian author, translator and journalist.
Patrons and members of the Brazilian Academy of Letters
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Ana Maria Machado
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Pedro Augusto Carneiro Lessa ►
Eduardo Ramos ►
João Luís Alves ►
Adelmar Tavares ►
Deolindo Couto ►
Darcy Ribeiro ►
Celso Furtado ►
Hélio Jaguaribe ►
Ignácio de Loyola Brandão
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Mário de Alencar ►
Olegário Mariano ►
Álvaro Moreira ►
Adonias Filho ►
Dias Gomes ►
Roberto Campos ►
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31 (Pedro Luís Pereira de Sousa): Luís Caetano Pereira Guimarães Júnior ►
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Paulo Setúbal ►
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