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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Authors A-L, and unknown

Series II: Authors M-S

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Richard and Sandra Lauderdale Graham Brazilian Chapbook Collection MS 650



Title: Richard and Sandra Lauderdale Graham Brazilian Chapbook Collection
Dates: circa 1960-1990
Identification: MS 650
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet
Language: Portuguese
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

The inexpensively printed booklets or pamphlets known as cordel literature (from the Portuguese term literatura de cordel, literally “string literature”) originated in rural northeastern Brazil as humble poets and artists used this means to reach a popular audience. Containing folk novels, poems, and songs illustrated initially with woodblock prints and later with photo images, these booklets were sold at fairs and by street vendors. Production of the booklets reached a peak in the 1920’s and 1930’s, but the present collection makes clear that they were still being created in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Many of the booklets are by unknown authors, but names identifying the writers of others include Jose Soares da Silva, Marcelo Soares, Davi Teixeira, Maca Moreco, and Altair Leal. Artists of the illustrations are likewise not always identified, but the woodblock prints of at least Jose Francisco Borges are accompanied by his name. Borges’ work has been exhibited in the Louvre and the Smithsonian.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of fifty-seven inexpensively produced booklets of verse with woodblock print or photo image covers. The booklets are quarto size, 4-3/4” by 6-3/8”, and range in length from eight to forty-eight pages. The content is in verse in stanzas of six, seven, eight, or ten lines. The booklets are examples of a folk art known as literature de cordel, or “string literature,” because of being attached to strings as a means of displaying them for sale. The content, meant for peasant audiences, is about real and imaginary events and characters.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Brazilian Chapbook Collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Chapbooks, Brazilian

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Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a gift donated by Richard and Sandra Lauderdale Graham in 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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1 Series I: Authors A-L, and unknown
Author unknown: “Chicuca” O Professor dos Ladroes
Author unknown: Historia de Zezinho e Mariquinha
Author unknown: Perinho e Julinha
Author unknown : O Crentee o Cachaceiro
Francisco Sales Areda: O Encontro do Negro Testa de Aco e o Bamba do Serido
Francisco Sales Areda: O Homem da Vaca e o Poder da Fortuna
Joao Martins de Athayde: O Casamento do Calangro (2)
Joao Martins de Athayde: Historia da Escrava Guiomar
Joao Martins de Athayde: Historia de D. Genevra
Joao Martins de Athayde: Nobreza de um Ladrao
Joao Martins de Athayde: Os Martirios de Jorge e Carolina
Joao Martins de Athayde: O Principe e a Fada
Joao Martins de Athayde: O Solado Jogador
Jose Francisco Borges: Afinando a Lingua
Jose Francisco Borges: Homenagem a os 100 Anos da Abolicao no Brasil
Jose Francisco Borges: O Cavalo e os Macacos
Jose Francisco Borges: O Verdadeiro Aviso de Frei Damiao
Joel F. Borges: O Viajante Boateiro
Severino Borges: Casa das Criancas de Olinda
Francisco de Souza Campos: As Palhacadas do Amigi da Onca
Francisco de Souza Campos: No Pais de Tudo Grande
Jose de Souza Campos: A Voz de Noe
Jose Severino Costa: Historia de Joao Tampinha - e Maria Temperada
Joao Vicente Emiliano: Um Matuto Na Cidade
Jose Gustavo: Peleja de Jose Gustavo com Maria Roxinha da Bahia
Sebastiao Jose Do Inascimento: A Verdadeira Historia de Joaozinho e Mariquinha
Barboza Leite: Verdadeira Historia da cidade de Duque de Caxias
Joao de Lima: O Pranto de jovelina

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1 Series II: Authors M-S
Guriata do Norte: Discussao de Vida-Torta com Chica Pendao
Adalgiso Carlos de Oliveira: A Valente Cascavel o Assombro do Serrtao
Jose Pacheco: A Intriga do Cachorro com a Gato
Jose Pacheco: Historia da Princesa Rosamunda ou a Morte do Gigante
Jose Pacheco: Os Sofrimentos de Jesus Cristo
Fracisco Firmino de Paula: Historia do Boi Leitao ou o Vaqueiro que nao Mentia
Joao Parafuso: O Encontro da Velha que Vendi Tabaco com o Matuto que Vendia Fumo
Jose Pontual: 2n Peleja de Jose Pontual com Vicente Emiliano
Jose Pontual: Pra Poder Casar Com Ela
Leandro Gomes de Barros: Historia da Princesa da Pedra Fina
Joao Melquiades Ferrera: Historia do Valente Sertanejo Ze Garcia
Filbas de Jose Bernardo da Silva: Historia da Princesa Rosa
Joao Jose da Silva: Amor de Mae
Joao Jose da Silva: Cidrao e Helena
Joao Jose da Silva: Laureano e Carminha
Joao Jose da Silva: O Menino dos Bodinhos e a Princesa Interesseira
Joao Jose da Silva: Os Olhos de Dois Amantes por Cima da Sepultura
Joao Jose da Silva: A Princesa Anabela e o Fulho do Lenhador
Joao Jose da Silva: A Queda do Egoismo e os Lacos do Amor
Joao Jose da Silva: Rosinha e Sebastiao
Joao Jose da Silva: O Sertaqnejo Antonio Cobra Choca
Joao Jose da Silva: Os Tres Cacalos Encantados e Tres Irmaos Camponeses
Severino da Silva: Peleja de Pinto com Milanez
Severino da Silva: Peleja de Severino Pinto com Severino Milanes
Olegario Fernandes da Silva: O Quadrao Beira-Mar
Jose Soares da Silva: Camoes
Jose Soares da Silva: O Encontro de Camoes com Cancao de Fogo
Jose Soares da Silva: Peleja de Jose Soares com Jose Costa Leite

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