Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant

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Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant
Born Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant
(1880-08-28)August 28, 1880
Diamantina - Minas Gerais
Died June 20, 1970(1970-06-20) (aged 89)
Rio de Janeiro
Pen name Helena Morley
Occupation Writer
Nationality Brazil
Period 1893-1895

Alice Dayrell Caldeira Brant (August 28, 1880 – June 20, 1970) was a Brazilian juvenile writer. She was born in Diamantina, Minas Gerais, Brazil to a British-Brazilian father and a Portuguese-Brazilian mother. In 1893, at the age of 12, Alice began a diary, an astute, and often amusing, chronicle of daily happenings among her family, servants, and the small mining town, Diamantina. The published diary ends in 1895. As an adult, Senhora Augusto Mario Caldeira Brant, by then a social figure in Rio de Janeiro, was married to the writer and also a president of the Banco do Brasil ("Bank of Brazil"), who in 1942 encourage her to publish the diary that appeared as Minha vida de menina under the pseudonym Helena Morley. French Novelist Georges Bernanos admired it, and in the 1950s the American poet, Elizabeth Bishop, then resident in Brazil, translated it into English as The Diary of Helena Morley.

The book was adapted to film in 2004 by Helena Solberg as Vida de Menina.[1][2]


  1. ^ Koehler, Robert (2005-03-11). "Variety Reviews - Diary Of A Provincial Girl - Film Reviews - Palm Springs - Review by Robert Koehler". Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Books: Rich Little Poor Girl". TIME. 1957-12-30. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 

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