Alfredo Cortês

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Alfredo Ferreira Cortês (also sometimes Cortez ; born July 29, 1880 in Estremoz , Portugal , † April 7, 1946 in Oliveira de Azeméis , Aveiro district , Portugal) was a Portuguese playwright . He was an important exponent of naturalism and folk theater in Portugal in the first half of the 20th century.

life and work

Cortês studied in Coimbra Law and graduated with an exam from. He then worked as a lawyer in the former colony of Angola , initially (from 1920) as head of the local criminal police, and between 1929 and 1930 as a criminal judge. In 1930 he finally returned to Portugal, where he lived until his death. He was married and had four daughters.

He made his debut as a playwright in 1921 at the Teatro Nacional with the play " Zilda ". Many plays were censored because of their scandalous content, for example because some of them were relentlessly critical of religion. His work was shaped by naturalism and very popular in many ways; many pieces can also be viewed critically.

Works (selection)


  • 1921: Zilda
  • 1931: Domus
  • 1934: O Lodo
  • 1936: Gladiadores
  • 1936: Tá-Mar
  • 1936: Bâton
  • 1938: Saias
  • 1940: Las-Las



  • Knaur's Lexicon of World Literature, Weltbild-Verlag, 1999.

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