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Geraldo Holanda Cavalcanti is a Brazilian lawyer and diplomat. He was born in Recife, on February 6, 1929. He attended high school at Colégio Nóbrega. He studied law in Recife, graduating in 1951. He interned at the Academy of International Law in The Hague.
He entered the diplomatic service, by direct competition, in 1954. He served in Washington, Geneva, Moscow, New York, Hong Kong and Bonn. In 1974, he was invited by Antonio Francisco Azeredo da Silveira to join his Cabinet. In 1978, he was appointed Ambassador to UNESCO. During his tenure, Ouro Preto and Olinda were added to the in the list of World Heritage Sites. He was Ambassador to Mexico (1982-1986) and Ambassador to the EC in Brussels (1986-1990). He took early retirement in 1991.
He is the sixth occupant of Chair No. 29 at the Academia Brasileira. He was elected on June 2, 2010, in succession to José Mindlin, and he was received on October 18, 2010, by Eduardo Portella. In December 2010, he was elected Treasurer and in 2011 General Secretary of the Academy. In 2013 he was elected Correspondent Member of the Lisbon Science Academy. He chaired the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2014 and 2015.
Tomás António Gonzaga was a Portuguese-born Brazilian poet. One of the most famous Neoclassic colonial Brazilian writers, he was also the ouvidor and the ombudsman of the city of Ouro Preto, as well as the desembargador of the appeal court in Bahia. He wrote under the pen name Dirceu.
Gregório de Matos e Guerra was a famous Colonial Brazilian Baroque poet. Although he wrote many lyrical and religious poems, he was more well known by his satirical ones, most of them frontally criticizing the Catholic Church, rendering him the nickname "Boca do Inferno".
Marco Antônio de Oliveira Maciel is a Brazilian politician, lawyer and law school professor who served as the 22nd Vice President of Brazil from 1 January 1995 to 31 December 2002, twice elected on the same ticket as President Fernando Henrique Cardoso in the 1994 and 1998 general elections. He was a founder of the conservative PFL party, former ARENA.
João Franklin da Silveira Távora was a Brazilian novelist, journalist, politician, lawyer and dramatist, famous for his Regionalist romance O Cabeleira, set in 18th-century Pernambuco. He wrote under the pen names Semprônio and Farisvest.
Clóvis Beviláqua was a Brazilian jurist, historian and journalist born in Viçosa do Ceará, Ceará, in 1859. Beviláqua was professor of civil and comparative law in Recife. As the author of the Brazilian Civil Code of 1916, whose first draft he presented in 1899, and as that code's first commentator, Beviláqua was the founding father of Brazilian civil law scholarship. He founded and occupied the 14th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, from 1897 until his death in 1944. The chair's patron is Franklin Távora.
Luíz Cristóvão dos Santos was born in Pesqueira, Brazil on 25 December 1916. He was a sociologist, anthropologist, folklorist, columnist, writer, advocate, and journalist. He was also known by the nicknames Ziul and Pajeú.
Francisco Cavalcanti Pontes de Miranda was a prominent Brazilian jurist, judge, diplomat and professor of Law at the Federal University of Pernambuco. He occupied the 7th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 1979, until his death.
Sílvio Vasconcelos da Silveira Ramos Romero was a Brazilian "Condorist" poet, essayist, literary critic, professor, journalist, historian and politician.
João Pessoa Cavalcanti de Albuquerque was the governor of Paraíba between 1928 and 1930.
José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva was a French-born Brazilian poet, teacher and senator. He is known as "the Younger" to distinguish him from his grand-uncle, José Bonifácio de Andrada e Silva, "the Elder" or "the Patriarch", a famous statesman who was one of the most important mentors of Brazilian independence.
The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro Faculty of Law, also known as the National Faculty of Law, is a law school located in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Antônio Peregrino Maciel Monteiro, 2nd Baron of Itamaracá was a Brazilian poet, orator, diplomat, politician, physicianm and journalist. He is the patron of the 27th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, patron of the 7th chair of the Pernambucan Academy of Letters, and of the 23rd chair of the National Academy of Medicine.
Nilo de Oliveira Pereira was a Brazilian journalist and teacher.
Alexandre José Barbosa Lima e Sobrinho was a Brazilian lawyer, writer, historian, essayist, journalist and politician
Lêdo Ivo was a Brazilian poet, novelist, essayist and journalist. He was member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, elected in 1986.
Evaristo de Morais Filho was a Brazilian lawyer and former member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. He was born in Rio de Janeiro on July 5, 1914, the son of Antônio Evaristo de Morais and Flávia Dias de Morais, and died on July 22, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, at the age of 102. He was married to Hileda Flores de Moraes, with whom he had a couple of children.
Josué de Sousa Montello was a Brazilian writer and diplomat and a former president of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. He was born in São Luís do Maranhão on August 21, 1917. He was the son of Antônio Bernardo Montello and Mância de Sousa Montello. He began his studies in São Luís do Maranhão, publishing his first literary works in A Mocidade, a journal at his school, the Liceu Maranhense.
Múcio Carneiro Leão was a Brazilian journalist, poet, short story writer, critic, novelist, essayist and speaker. He was born in Recife on February 17, 1898, and died in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, on August 12, 1969.
João Neves da Fontoura was a Brazilian lawyer, diplomat and politician. He was born in Cachoeira on November 16, 1887, and died in Rio de Janeiro on March 31, 1963.
Luiz Paulo Horta was a Brazilian journalist. He was born in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 1943. He died on August 3, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, at the age of 69.