João Guimarães Rosa (2708 words)

Paulo Moreira (Yale University)
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João Guimarães Rosa is undoubtedly one of the most important fiction writers in Brazil, on a par with Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis. Most of his oeuvre consists of short narratives that range from three-page short stories to 100-page novellas, all meticulously arranged in four collections and two posthumous volumes also planned by the author himself. Nevertheless, the greatest acclaim would come from Guimarães Rosa’s only novel, Grande Sertão: Veredas [The Devil to Pay in the Backlands], considered one of the best Latin American novels of all time.

Guimarães Rosa’s prose was, for its time, both stylistically and linguistically innovative. The author mixed the vernacular and the erudite in search of a truly …

Citation: Moreira, Paulo. "João Guimarães Rosa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 August 2013 [, accessed 30 November 2021.]

12914 João Guimarães Rosa 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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