João do Rio

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João do Rio 1909

João do Rio , actually João Paulo Emilio Cristóvão dos Santos Coelho Barreto (also listed under Coelho Barreto ), (born August 5, 1881 in Rio de Janeiro ; † June 23, 1921 ibid) was a Brazilian journalist, chronicler, translator and theater scholar .

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From 1896 he attended the Ginásio Nacional, today Colégio Pedro II . He published his first text in 1899 three years later. In 1903 he started as a journalist in the Gazeta de Notícias , where he worked until 1913. He later published his regular contributions as a book. In 1906 he made his debut with his first play "Chic Chic" , which he had written in collaboration with the journalist J. Brito; his play Clotilde was staged in 1907 at the Recreio Dramático theater . After a trip to Europe in 1908, where he visited Portugal, London and Paris, he brought out a children's book entitled "Era uma vez ..." (Once upon a time ...). In 1910 he was elected to Cadeira 26 of the Academia Brasileira de Letras .

Oscar Wilde's book Intentions was published in 1912 in a translation by him. During his third trip to Europe in 1913, his play “A Bela Madame Vargas” (The beautiful Madame Vargas) was successfully staged in Lisbon . In 1917 he wrote a chronicle entitled Praia Maravilhosa (Beautiful Beach) for the newspaper O Paiz , in which he described the beauties and events of the beach at Ipanema . He also founded the SBAT (Brazilian Society for Dramatists).

In 1918 do Rio traveled again to Europe to observe the armistice conference in Versailles after the First World War. His collection of short stories "A mulher e os espelhos" (The woman and the mirror) was published in 1919. In 1920 he founded the newspaper A Patria (The Fatherland), in which he defended the interests of the Portuguese colony in Rio de Janeiro. He died of a heart attack in 1921.

Works (selection)

  • As Religões do Rio , Paris: Garnier, 1904
  • O momento literário , Paris: Garnier, 1905
  • Era uma vez ... , Rio de Janeiro, Francisco Alves, 1909.
  • Fados, canções e danças de Portugal , Paris: Garnier, 1910.
  • Dentro da noite , Paris: Garnier, 1910
  • Vida vertiginosa Paris: Garnier, 1911.
  • Portugal d'agora , Paris: Garnier, 1911.
  • A bela madame Vargas , Rio de Janeiro: Briguiet, 1912
  • Crônicas e frases de Godofredo de Alencar , Lisbon Bertrand, 1916?
  • Nos tempos de Venceslau , Rio de Janeiro: Villas Boas, 1917.
  • Sésamo , Rio de Janeiro: Francisco Alves, 1917.
  • A mulher e os espelhos , Lisbon: Portugal-Brazil, 1919
  • Na conferência da Paz , Rio de Janeiro: Villas Boas, 1919–20.


Michael Rössner writes about him in his book Literary Coffee Houses, Coffee House Literature : The strength of Joao do Rio's novels lies in his undecided decadent point of view, which with playful insight also reveals the dark side of the turn of the century Rio. In the notes it says: " The long neglected author is currently experiencing a new appreciation, as is not only proven by the interest in literary historical research, but also by the new editions of his works. "

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Literary coffee houses, coffee house literary experts . In: Michael Rössner (Ed.): Borderless Austria . Böhlau Verlag, Vienna 1999, ISBN 3-205-98630-X , p. 506 (659 p., Limited preview in Google Book search).