Understanding Pessoa through his library

Contributed by our Prod­uct Devel­oper David Haskiya:

I’ve recently discovered a collection in Europeana that quickly has become one of my favourites: the digitised library of the Portuguese author Fernando Pessoa. Checking out his library gives me that same feeling I get when I visit someone’s house or apartment and study their bookshelves in an attempt to get to know them as persons! I’ve never read Fernando Pessoa,  but looking at some of his books I’d really like to – his interests are focused and include English and classical poetry, the science of evolution, astrology and the occult. Judging from his books he preferred reading in English and French and may have stuttered. So which famous author’s personal library would you like to have a look at?


3 thoughts on “Understanding Pessoa through his library

  1. It’s so precious to find the old books in a certain period of a poet, ti’s like you found somebody you don’t know and happened to enter his old house, and from his book shelf you saw something you are familiar with~ to smell an odor and hear a sound the leaves fell on the ground, fluctuating one’s emotion to echo his remembrance.

  2. To: a firestone

    Do you mean these songs? http://www.europeana.eu/portal/search.html?query=europeana_dataProvider:%22Biblioth%C3%A8que%20Medem%20-%20Maison%20de%20la%20Culture%20Yiddish%22&qf=TYPE:SOUND&qf=RIGHTS:http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/

    I just tested and they work for me. Just click the preview top left and depending on your browser the music should start to play either in your browser or in the media player installed on your computer. You can also just right-click on the preview, choose Save link as and download the music file.

    Some of the Medem Library’s music is still in copyright so access is restricted:

    I’d recommend contacting them directly if you can’t access them on their site. For these pieces of music Europeana doesn’t have direct access on our site.

    Hope this helps,

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