It is thought that Antônio de Castro Alves (1847-1871) and Gonçalves Dias (1823-1864) perhaps share the title of greatest Brazilian Romanticism poet. However, he certainly earned a name in the social sphere with his adamant criticism of slavery and his defense of Abolition.
The literary virtues and biographical tribulations that immortalized him are gathered together in Castro Alves (Poesias e Biografia), a two-volume edition published in 1997. The book was launched for the 150-year celebration of his birth as part of Projeto Memória (“Memory Project”).
The biographic volume summarizes the romantic life and political involvement of Castro Alves, whose work is defined by Flávio Aguiar, Literature professor at University of São Paulo, as “an invitation into the world of imagination.” The book of poetry includes his most famous works on romantic, idyllic and social themes, illustrated by different painters – including Carlos Bastos, Calasans Neto, Emanoel Araújo and Carybé.
With preface by Eduardo Portella, Castro Alves (Poetry and Biography) features the biographical research of Maria da Graça Mascarenhas and photos by Mário Cravo Neto.