Cora Coralina

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Cora Carolina
Casa Velha da Ponte, the house where Cora lived and died.
Born (1889-08-20)August 20, 1889
Goiás Velho, Empire of Brazil
Died April 10, 1985(1985-04-10) (aged 95)
Goiás Velho, Brazil
Occupation Poet, prose writer.
Nationality  Brazil

Cora Coralina is the pseudonym of the Brazilian writer and poet Ana Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto (Cidade de Goiás, August 20, 1889 – April 10, 1985, Goiânia). She is considered one of the most important Brazilian writers[by whom?]. Her first book (Poemas nos Becos de Goiás e Estórias Mais) was published in June 1965.[1][2][3]

She was a confectioner. She produced a rich poetic oeuvre featuring the Brazilian countryside, and in particular the alleys of the State of Goiás.


Anna Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto Bretas wrote under the pseudonym of Cora Coralina. She was born on August 21, 1889 and died in the city of Goiânia on April 10, 1985. She was born and raised on the banks of the River Assunção. She was the daughter of Francisco de Paula Lins dos Guimarães Peixoto, a desembargador (appellate judge) appointed by Dom Pedro II, and of Jacyntha Luiza do Couto Brandão. She began to write poems when she was 14 or 15 and attended the Clube Literário Goiano of Dona Virgínia da Luz Vieira. After getting married, she went to live in São Paulo, where she had six children.

She is well known for her writing on women's issues, life in the state of Goiás, the poverty of Northeastern Brazilians, and the mythology of Afro-Brazilian rituals. Her poetry integrates many of the diverse cultures of Brazil. Her contemporaries include Argentine writer Alfonsina Storni, Uruguayan writer Juana de Ibarbourou, and Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral. Almost all of her books have had more than ten editions.

Her most well-known publications are Poemas dos becos de Goías e estorias mais and Estorias da Casa Velha da Ponte. She published her first book (Poemas dos Becos de Goiás e Estórias Mais)[4] after her husband died, when she was 75 years old.[5] After her husband's death, she also dedicated her time to agricultural activities on a small estate in the interior of the state.

Cora worked all of her life in a small bakery specialising in cakes. In 1984, the Brazilian Union of Writers named her the "literary personality of the year." At the time, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, a distinguished poet in Brazil and one of the most well known writers in Latin America, said: "I admire Cora Coralina and her mastery of living in a state of grace with her poetry. Her verse is like running waters, her lyricism has the power and delicacy of the natural world."

Cora Coralina's house, where she lived from 1889 to 1985, can be visited in the city of Goiás. It is located by the bridge over the Vermelho River. It is one of the earliest last buildings of Goiás, and a typical 18th-century house; it inspired some of the most beautiful of her poems. There is a small museum in the house to honour her.

Kora corallina Simone, 2012, a species of Brazilian land snail is named in her honour.[6]


  • Poemas dos Becos de Goiás e estórias mais (poetry), 1965 (Editora José Olympio).
  • Meu Livro de Cordel, (poetry), 1976
  • Vintém de Cobre - Meias confissões de Aninha (poetry), 1983
  • Estórias da Casa Velha da Ponte (short stories), 1985
  • Meninos Verdes (children's literature), 1986 (posthumous)
  • Tesouro da Casa Velha (poetry), 1996 (posthumous)
  • A Moeda de Ouro que o Pato Engoliu (children's literature), 1999 (posthumous)
  • Vila Boa de Goias (poetry), 2001 (posthumous)
  • O Prato Azul-Pombinho (children's literature), 2002 (posthumous)


  • Clóvis Carvalho Britto, Rita Elisa Seda, Cora Coralina – Raízes de Aninha, Editora Idéias & Letras, 2011;
  • Darcy França Denófrio, Cora Coralina – Coleção Melhores Poemas – Global Editora, 2004;
  • Darcy França Denófrio, Goiandira Ortiz de Camargo, Cora Coralina: Celebração da Volta, Cânone Editorial, 2006;
  • Vicência Bretas Tahan, Cora Coragem, Cora Poesia, Global Editora, 1989;
  • Vicência Bretas Tahan, Villa Boa de Goyaz, Global Editora, 2001.


  1. ^ BRITTO, Clovis Carvalho (August 21, 2016). "Um teto todo seu: o itinerário poético-intelectual de Cora Coralina" (PDF). 
  2. ^ VARELLA, Ana Maria Ramos Sanchez. "A reescrita, na morte, da experiência de vida". 
  3. ^ "Cora Coralina". 
  4. ^ Um teto todo seu : o itinerario poético-intelectual de Cora Coralina
  5. ^ « A reescrita, na morte, da experiência de vida », revista Kairós, São Paulo, Caderno Temático 6, 2009.
  6. ^ Simone L. R. L. (2012). "Taxonomical study on a sample of pulmonates from Santa Maria da Vitória, Bahia, Brazil, with description of a new genus and four new species (Mollusca: Orthalicidae and Megalobulimidae)". Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia 52(36): 431–439. doi:10.1590/S0031-10492012021600001, HTML.
  7. ^ "Verbete "Cora Coralina"". Itaú Cultural. 2014-10-14. 

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