Classic master of Brazilian and world literature, Machado de Assis is getting a well-deserved recognition in the United States, thanks to the release of “Collected Stories of Machado de Assis”, by Liveright. The 930 pages book brings together for the first time in English all the stories written by Machado in his lifetime.
Machado de Assis was a pioneer Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright and short story writer. Widely regarded as the greatest writer of Brazilian literature, nevertheless he did not gain widespread popularity outside Brazil in his own lifetime. In 1897 he founded and became the first President of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. He was multilingual, having taught himself French, English, German and Greek in later life.
Machado’s works had a great influence on Brazilian literary schools of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among his most famous works are Dom Casmurro (1899), Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (“Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas”, also translated as Epitaph of a Small Winner) and Quincas Borba (also known in English as Philosopher or Dog?).