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Alencar, José de

Alencar, José de älāNngkâr´ [key], 1829–77, Brazilian jurist and author. Alencar was one of the founders of modern Brazilian literature. His historical novels ( O Guarani, 1857 Iracema, 1865, tr. 1886) offer idealized portraits of Brazil's native cultures. In his later work ( Senhora, 1875 O Sertanejo, 1875) he examined middle-class and regional life.

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