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Jorge Vera-Cruz Barbosa (25 May 1902 – 6 January 1971) was a Cape Verdeanmarker poet and writer. He collaborated in various reviews and Portuguesemarker and Cape Verdean journals. The publication of his poetry anthology Arquipélago (Archipelago) in 1935 marked the beginning of Capeverdean poetry. He was, along with Baltazar Lopes da Silva and Manuel Lopes one of the three founders of the literary journal Claridade ("Clarity") in 1936, which marked the beginning of modern Cape Verdean literature.

Biography

Jorge Barbosa was born in the city of Praiamarker, on the island of Santiagomarker, Cape Verdemarker archipelago (then a territory of Portugal). Soon after, he moved to the island of São Vicente, where he spent his early years on — excluding his years of study in Lisbon. He then lived for many years on the island of Sal, working as a civil servant of the customhouse. He died in Cova da Piedade, in Lisbon, Portugalmarker.

Publications

  • Arquipélago (1935)
  • Ambiente (Ambient, also known as The Circle) (1941)
  • Caderno de um Ilhéu (An Islander's Notebook) (1955, Camilo Pessanha Award)
  • Recent poems include Meio Milénio, Júbilo (Jubilee) and Panfletário.



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