Tomás António Gonzaga

[Dirceu] (11 August 1744 – 1810 / Miragaia, Porto)

Tomás António Gonzaga
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Tomás António Gonzaga (11 August 1744 – 1810?) 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 (formerly "Vila Rica"), as well as the desembargador of the appeal court in Bahia. He wrote under the pen name Dirceu. He is patron of the 37th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.


Gonzaga was born in Miragaia, Porto, to João Bernardo Gonzaga and Tomásia Isabel Clark. As a child, the family moved to Recife and to Bahia, where João Bernardo served at the magistrature. Gonzaga was sent back to Portugal as a teenager, to the University... more »

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