- Publisher: Sheep Meadow Press,U.S.
- Format: Paperback | 137 pages
- Language: English / Portuguese
- Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 10mm | 227g
- Publication date: 31 December 1997
- Publication City/Country: Riverdale
- ISBN 10: 1878818457
- ISBN 13: 9781878818454
- Edition statement: Bilingual ed
- Sales rank: 164,803
On a singular March day in 1914, Fernando Pessoa felt his master appear inside him, Alberto Caeiro, the heteronym that stands over his epiphanic collection, composed that day The Keeper of Sheep -- the pivotal work in the career of Portugal's great modern poet. Of the poet's persona Octavio Paz declares, his words strike us as truths from another age, that age in which everything was the same. The Keeper of Sheep is appears here in its original Portuguese beside its first English translation.
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FERNANDO PESSOA was born in Lisbon in 1888. As a young man, he dropped out of university and made his living by translating, writing in avant-garde reviews, and drafting business letters in English and French. He began publishing criticism in 1912, creative prose in 1913, and poetry in 1914. He published his works under a variety of alter egos he called heteronyms--Alberto Caeiro, Ricardo Reis, and Alvaro de Campos, and nearly seventy others. He died in Lisbon, in 1935.