Andrew W. Shepherd
Literature and Art
José Maria de Eça de Queiroz (or Queirós), commonly known as Eça, is considered to have been Portugal’s greatest 19th century writer, often compared to Dickens or Flaubert. Between the end of 1874 and 1888 he was posted to England by the Portuguese Foreign Ministry, first as consul in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and, from 1879, in Bristol. These years were his most productive as a novelist.
Apart from the rather lengthy novels he produced while in England, Eça also found time to send many letters back to Portugal and to Brazil.
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