Manuel Bastos Tigre

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Manuel Bastos Tigre (born March 12, 1882 in Recife , Pernambuco , † August 1, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro ) was a Brazilian journalist , writer and librarian .

Bastos Tigre was the son of the employee Delfino da Silva Tigre and his wife Mari Leontina Bastos Tigre. He completed his school days at the Episcopal College of Olinda , where he already started a humorous school newspaper ("O Vigia"). In 1906 he reached his university entrance qualification and began to study at the Polytechnic of Rio de Janeiro.

He then got a job as an engineer at General Electric in Ceará . During this time Bastos Tigre was already writing for various newspapers and magazines. He later became editor of the magazine "Correiro da Manha" and its supplement "Pingos e Respingos". Under the pseudonym Cyrano & Companhio , he glossed over the important current events for this newspaper in a satirical and witty way.

In 1915 Bastos Tigre was appointed librarian at the library of the Brazilian National Museum. Later he was promoted to library director of the Universidade do Brasil and held this position until the end of his life. In the course of 1957, Bastos Tigre withdrew into private life. He died at the age of 74 on August 1, 1957 in Rio de Janeiro, where he found his final resting place.

Works (selection)

  • Cancioneiro . 1946.
  • Entadecer . 1935.
  • Poesias humorísticas . 1923.
  • Saguão da Posteridade . 1902.
  • Sol de Inverno . 1955.


  • Raimundo Menezes: Bastos Tigre e “La Belle Epoque . EdArt, São Paulo 1966.
  • Dieter Reichardt: Latin American authors. Literary dictionary and bibliography of German translations . Erdmann Verlag, Tübingen 1973, ISBN 3-7711-0152-2 , pp. 285-286.