Pessoa: an Experimental Life — in conversation with biographer Richard Zenith

Pessoa: an Experimental Life — in conversation with biographer Richard Zenith

College of Arts School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Date: Monday 24 October 2022 - Friday 28 October 2022
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Various
Category: Public lectures
Speaker: Richard Zenith

Document: Pessoa: an Experimental Life poster

Zenith's Pessoa: an Experimental Life, a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Biography, was called "one of the great literary biographies of the century" by Simon Winchester.

Zenith will tour four UK universities, where, in conversation with Luís Gomes (University of Glasgow), Mark Sabine (University of Nottingham), Cláudia Pazos-Alonso (University of Oxford), and Cátia Verguete (Camões IP, London), he will discuss Pessoa's experiments in literature, politics, sexuality, and spirituality. He will talk as well about his method for drawing a portrait of the shy office worker lurking behind the many personae he called heteronyms.

All welcome.

Full programme:


Fernando Pessoa unmasked?
With Luís Gomes (University of Glasgow)
Monday, 24th October 2022, 5pm
NEW LOCATION: John Smith's Bookstore at the University of Glasgow
Free, but ticketed on Eventbrite


The Person behind Pessoa: an evening with biographer Richard Zenith
With Mark Sabine (University of Nottingham)
Wednesday, 26th October 2022, 7pm
Five Leaves Bookshop, 14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH
Tickets: £3 (inc. refreshments), on Eventbrite


Pessoa: an Experimental Life — Roundtable
With Cláudia Pazos-Alonso (University of Oxford) and Andrzej Stuart-Thompson (University of Oxford)
Thursday, 27th October 2022, 5pm
Wadham College, Seminar Room 4


A Pessoa Evening with Author and Translator Richard Zenith
With Cátia Verguete (Camões IP, London)
Friday, 28th October 2022, 6pm
Bush House Lecture Theatre, King's College, London
Free, but ticketed on Eventbrite

With the generous support of the Camões Institute I.P., Lisbon (Portugal)

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