Other literary forms
The first fictional work of José Maria de Eça de Queirós (AY-sah-theh-kay-ee-ROHSH) was a parody of the romantic “mystery” novel, O misteério da estrada de Sintra (1885; the mystery of Sintra Road), which was written in collaboration with his friend, Ramalho Ortigão (1836-1915). It is not considered a significant work, although it does present themes that Eça de Queirós later developed in a serious manner. Complete satisfaction with his texts was an elusive goal; as a result, Eça de Queirós withheld publication of many works. The posthumously published works, edited by his son, his daughter, and others, are pertinent to the study of the thematic and technical development of Eça de Queirós’s fiction. Several novels were to form a Balzacian “Scenes of Portuguese Life” in conjunction with The Maias, O Conde de Abranhos, and Alves and Co.
In 1979 and 1980, two different editions were published of a long-suppressed novel, The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers; the difficulty in deciphering Eça de Queirós’s handwriting led to great variations in interpretations of words and constructions in the two competing editions. A collection of Eça de Queirós’s short stories was published under the title Contos (1902; stories); some of these stories were the seeds for later novels. Eça de Queirós’s journalistic collaborations, his letters and impressions about life abroad, and his...
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