The designated Postal Operators of Portugal (CTT) and of Brazil (ECT) have support event the “Year of Portugal in Brazil and of Brazil in Portugal”, which held between September 7, 2012 – Independence Day in Brazil – and June 10, 2013 – Day of Portugal, of Camões and of the Portuguese Communities, to develop a joint stamp issue based on the Portuguese language, thereby celebrating the two giants of their literature respectively – the poets Fernando Pessoa ( Portugal) and Cruz e Sousa (Brazil).
João da Cruz e Sousa was a symbolist poet from Santa Catarina, Brazil. A son of freed slaves, he was one of the great Afro-Brazilian writers. He published his first poem in 1877. He was one of the pioneers of Symbolism in Brazil. In his honour, a memorial was erected close to the Cruz e Souza Palace in the centre of the capital of Santa Catarina
João da Cruz e Sousa was born on November 24, 1861, in Desterro, now Florianópolis, state of Santa Catarina. Son of manumitted slaves, since he was a child, he received the custody and a good education from his ex-lord Marshal Guilherme Xavier de Sousa, whose family name he adopted. Cruz e Souza learned French, Greek and Latin, besides have been disciple of the German Fritz Müller, whom he learned Math and Science.
Fernando Pessoa, was a Portuguese poet, writer, philosopher, literary critic and translator, described as one of the most significant literary figures of the 20th century and one of the greatest poets in the Portuguese language. He also wrote in and translated from English and French.
Fernando Pessoa Fernando Pessoa was born on June 13, 1888, in Lisbon. He lost his father to tuberculosis at the age of 5 and, due to the second marriage of his mother, he moved to South Africa, where he lived between 1895 and 1905. He attended Durban High School and the University of Cape Town where he obtained the Queen Victoria Memorial Prize for best essay in the English style.
Technical DetailsIssue Date: 07.09.2012
Designer: Folk Design
Colours: 4 Colours
Size: 61,2 x 40 mm
Values: 0.56, 0.70