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Letter of criticism from Coelho Netto's children to Valdemar Cavalcanti (1956)

Letter of criticism from Coelho Netto's children to Valdemar Cavalcanti (1956)

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In 1956, the illustrious literary critic Valdemar Cavalcanti receives a letter of complaint from the family of writer Coelho Netto.

  • Critical letter from author Coelho Netto's three children to literary critic Valdemar Cavalcanti.
  • One page.
  • In Portuguese.
  • 22 cm x 32.7 cm.
  • Rio de Janeiro, June 3, 1956.
  • Document restored, in good condition.
  • Unique piece.

Valdemar Cavalcanti (1912 - 1982) was an award-winning writer, pioneer of journalism in Brazil and literary criticism when he worked for decades as a columnist for Assis Chateaubriand's 'O Jornal'. Coelho Netto (1864 - 1934) was from the old guard and a member of the Brazilian Academy of Letters, recognized for his talent, however, considerably opposed by the modernists.

Tribuna da Imprensa is an important Brazilian newspaper founded in 1949: it was there that, in 1954, Lacerda published the text suggesting that the military demand the resignation of President Getúlio Vargas, creating the scandal that would lead him to suicide.

Rafael Cavalcanti, journalist and grandson of Valdemar Cavalcanti, comments on this old letter:

(...) my grandfather worked as a literary critic for many years, in a very intense and productive cultural period. There were decades of articles and chronicles written by them. To give you an idea, his library had more than 80 thousand copies, many of which were analyzed. Therefore, what I can say is that he did not always please the author in his criticisms.

After all, impartiality is one of the main requirements of journalistic activity. As I am also a journalist, it is also worth saying that we are not always so precise when we write: we think one thing and sometimes we write another. Or even: the information is not properly understood by the receiver, which I consider a fault on our part, on the part of those who write. Or sometimes we really make mistakes. It is part of the journalist's job, in the case of those who criticize, and of those who write too, including the author of books (...).

Here we have a surprising letter, testimony to the relationships - sometimes complicated - between authors and journalists.

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