Orígenes Lessa

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Orígenes Lessa, journalist, short story writer, novelist, and a writer of essays, was born in Lençóis Paulista, SP, on July 12, 1903, and died in Rio de Janeiro, RJ, on July 13, 1986. He was elected, on July 9, 1981 for the Chair number 10 of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, succeeding Osvaldo Orico, and was received on November 20, 1981, by the Academy Member Francisco de Assis Barbosa.


His life

A son of Vicente Themudo Lessa, historian, journalist and a Protestant pastor from the State of Pernambuco, and of Henriqueta Pinheiro Themudo Lessa. In 1906, he was taken by his family to São Luís in the State of Maranhão, where he stayed until the age 9, following his father's journey as a missionary. From the experience of his childhood resulted the novel Rua do Sol (Street of the Sun). In 1912, he returned to São Paulo. At the age 19, he entered a Protestant seminar, which he left two years later. [1]

In 1924, he moved to Rio de Janeiro. Voluntarily separated from his family, he faced great difficulties. In order to support himself he became a teacher. He finished a Physical Education couyrse, become a calisthenics teacher of the Physical Education Institute of the YMCA. He entered the newspaper life, publishing his first articles in the section "Social-Worker Tribune" of the newspaper O Imparcial. He was married to the writer Elsie Lessa. Their only son is the writer and journalist Ivan Lessa. He is the grandfather of the writer Juliana Foster and also an uncle of the writer and translator Sergio Pinheiro Lopes.

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  1. Dicionário histórico-biográfico da propaganda no Brasil - Page 131 8522505934 - Alzira Alves de Abreu, Christiane Jalles de Paula - 2007 LESSA, ORÍGENES Orígenes Lessa nasceu em Lençóis Paulista (SP) em 12 de julho de 1903, filho do historiador, jornalista e pastor protestante Vicente Themudo Lessa e de Henriqueta Pinheiro Themudo Lessa. A carreira missionária do pai ocasionou a transferência da família para São Luís (MA) em 1906. Em 1912, a família voltou para São Paulo. Aos 19 anos, Orígenes Lessa entrou num seminário protestante, que abandonou em 1924, mudando-se para o Rio de Janeiro, ...

Brazilian Academy of Letters

Preceded by
Osvaldo Orico
Brazilian Academy of Letters - Occupant of the 10th chair

1981 — 1986
Succeeded by
Lêdo Ivo