Other Literary Forms

(Literary Essentials: Great Poems of the World)

In addition to his verse, Fernando Pessoa published many critical essays and polemical tracts during the course of his career. Most of these were published in the many Portuguese journals with which he was associated, or as short-run pamphlets for particular occasions. He also accumulated a large body of nonliterary writing of a speculative, philosophical nature that was never intended to be published during his lifetime. Moreover, Pessoa was a prolific letter writer, and he left a large body of uncollected correspondence containing some of his clearest and most detailed commentary on his own work. The vast bulk of this material is now available in the following posthumous collections: Páginas de doutrina estética, 1946; Páginas de estética e de teoria e crítica literárias, 1966; Páginas íntimas e de auto-interpretação, 1966; Textos filosóficos, 1968; Cartas a Armando Côrtes-Rodrigues, 1945; and Cartas a João Gaspar Simões, 1957.