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Letter signed by Monteiro Lobato (1944)

Letter signed by Monteiro Lobato (1944)

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The precursor of children's literature in Brazil, Monteiro Lobato, talks about Burro Velho and jail.

  • Letter signed by Monteiro Lobato to Souza Filho.
  • One page.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 20.5 cm x 28 cm.
  • São Paulo, January 20, 1944.
  • Good state.
  • Unique piece.

In 1940, Monteiro Lobato, in the midst of the dictatorship, wrote a letter to President Getúlio Vargas in which he addresses the issue of oil in Brazil and argues that the National Petroleum Council is delaying "the creation of the great oil industry in Brazil, to serve, the only and exclusively, the interests of the Standard-Royal Dutch trust" . Documents, reports and witnesses led to a lawsuit and Lobato's arrest.

Regarding his arrest, he commented: “I am as I wanted, reaping what I sowed. The cause of oil gains much more from my arrest than from the complacent chatter in the office.”

This letter ends, 3 years later, the episode of imprisonment at the Tiradentes Prison, from March to June 1941, by highlighting Monteiro Lobato's satisfaction with the compliment given by the recipient to his sincerity. He also writes that, by being too sincere, the risk is jail. As a pearl, we still find self-praise in reverse: old donkey.

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