Fernando Pessoa

1888 - 1935

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Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa (Portuguese: [fɨɾˈnɐ̃du pɨˈsoɐ]; 13 June 1888 – 30 November 1935) was a Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He also wrote in and translated from English and French. Pessoa was a prolific writer, and not only under his own name, for he created approximately seventy-five others, of which three stand out, Alberto Caeiro, Álvaro de Campos and Ricardo Reis. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fernando Pessoa has received more than 942,994 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Fernando Pessoa is the 167th most popular writer (down from 154th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Portugal and the 2nd most popular Portuguese Writer.

Fernando Pessoa is most famous for being a Portuguese poet and writer. He was born in Lisbon in 1888 and died in 1935.

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Among writers, Fernando Pessoa ranks 167 out of 5,794. Before him are Elias Canetti, Murasaki Shikibu, Du Fu, Snorri Sturluson, Petronius, and Ivo Andrić. After him are Juvenal, Cyrano de Bergerac, Joseph Conrad, Jean Racine, Menander, and Geoffrey Chaucer.

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Among people born in 1888, Fernando Pessoa ranks 3Before him are Heinz Guderian and T. E. Lawrence. After him are Dale Carnegie, Alexander I of Yugoslavia, John Logie Baird, Carl Schmitt, Nikolai Bukharin, Giorgio de Chirico, Otto Stern, José Raúl Capablanca, and Shmuel Yosef Agnon. Among people deceased in 1935, Fernando Pessoa ranks 4Before him are Kazimir Malevich, Alfred Dreyfus, and T. E. Lawrence. After him are Paul Signac, Emmy Noether, Alban Berg, Józef Piłsudski, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Arthur Henderson, Astrid of Sweden, and Auguste Escoffier.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Fernando Pessoa ranks 9 out of 479. Before him are Bartolomeu Dias (1450), Anthony of Padua (1195), José Saramago (1922), Prince Henry the Navigator (1394), António de Oliveira Salazar (1889), and Pedro Álvares Cabral (1467). After him are António Guterres (1949), Manuel I of Portugal (1469), Afonso I of Portugal (1109), Pope Damasus I (305), Pope John XXI (1215), and Luís de Camões (1524).

Among WRITERS In Portugal

Among writers born in Portugal, Fernando Pessoa ranks 2Before him are José Saramago (1922). After him are Luís de Camões (1524), Denis of Portugal (1261), José Maria de Eça de Queirós (1845), Judah Leon Abravanel (1460), Gil Vicente (1465), João de Barros (1496), António Vieira (1608), Luís Fróis (1532), Tomé Pires (1468), and Almeida Garrett (1799).