Mário de Sá-Carneiro
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|Mário de Sá-Carneiro|
May 16, 1890|
|Died||April 26, 1916
|Occupation||Poet and writer|
Mário de Sá-Carneiro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmaɾju dɨ sa kɐɾˈnɐi̯ɾu]) (May 19, 1890 – April 26, 1916) was a Portuguese poet and writer. He is one of the most well known of the "Geração D'Orpheu".
Sá-Carneiro was born to a wealthy family with a strong military tradition. His mother died in 1892 when he was two years-old, and he was subsequently raised by his grandparents. He lived on a farm near Lisbon where he would spend most of his life. Sá-Carneiro started writing poems at the age of 12. By the age of 15, he had already translated several works by Victor Hugo. By 16, he had translated some works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. He began to write fiction in high school, partly due to his work as an actor. In 1911, he left for Coimbra, where he was admitted to law school, although he never progressed beyond his first year. However, he met a man who would soon become his closest friend, Fernando Pessoa, and who introduced him to the group of modernists of Lisbon.
After leaving the city of students, as Coimbra is known, Sá-Carneiro went to Paris to study at the Sorbonne. Although his father continued to pay for his studies, Sá-Carneiro stopped attending classes very soon after arriving in Paris. He lived a bohemian lifestyle, roaming around the theatres and bars.
Along with Fernando Pessoa and Almada Negreiros, he wrote for Orpheu, a magazine of poetry and artistic prose influenced by cosmopolitanism and the European Avant-Garde. The magazine caused a scandal in Portuguese society because of its futuristic idealism. Only two issues of the magazine were published. A third one was written but was never published due to the controversy surrounding the magazine and a lack of money. Today, Orpheu is known for being one of the finest and most important examples of Portuguese literature, and for introducing modernism in Portugal.
On July, 1915, Sá-Carneiro returned to Paris by train. He planned with Fernando Pessoa to publish issue nr. 3 of Orpheu, but his father and sponsor of the magazine, living in Mozambique at the time, dropped the sponsorship. While World War I was in progress in the north of France, he quit the university and started a relationship with a prostitute. A few months later, with growing financial problems and suffering from depression, Sá-Carneiro wrote a dramatic letter to Fernando Pessoa on March 31, 1916:
- «Unless a miracle, next Monday, March (or even the day before), your friend Mário de Sá-Carneiro will take a strong dose of strychnine and disappear from this world.»
Extremely unhappy with his life, he still delayed the suicide almost one month. But, as he had proclaimed, at the age of 25 he killed himself swallowing a large dose of strychnine on April 26, 1916, at Hôtel de Nice in the Montmartre district of Paris. Orpheu nr.3 was never published.
In 1912, he wrote his first play, Amizade, (the title means friendship) in partnership with Tomás Cabreira Júnior. In the same year, he published Príncipio, a collection of novels.
Sá-Carneiro's first publication of poetry was Dispersão, published in 1913, which included twelve poems. He wrote another book, Indícios De Oiro, but it was not published until over twenty years after his death, in the magazine Presença. In 1946 these two books were published along with some of Sá-Carneiro's poems in the Orpheu magazine as a unique book.
- "Mário de Sá-Carneiro". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 30 April 2009.
- Biography of Sá-Carneiro at the Instituto Camões
- Mário de Sá Carneiro (1890-1916), Lisboa, Biblioteca Nacional, 1990, na Biblioteca Nacional Digital
- Biography and some poems - As Tormentas