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CIBRÃO, Ernesto Pego de Kruger

Luiz.  Drama original em tres actos.  Representado no Gymnasio Dramatico do Rio de Janeiro em 1859.


Rio de Janeiro, typographia de Soares & Irmão, 1860.


8vo.  95, (1) pp.  Wrappers.   Ownership signature on title p., tiny hole in p. 95 without loss.

First edition.   Ernesto Cibrão, a poet and dramatist born in Portugal, wrote some nine plays, of which this very rare melodrama is apparently the only one printed.   The plot tells how the nobleman, Duarte de Moraes, had in his youth seduced a young girl of good family who bore his son.   Duarte de Moraes now wishes to marry Elisa, daughter of the impecunious landowner, the Morgado de Valindo, but she is in love with Luís, of lowly birth, whom her father sends away to enter the priesthood.   Cibrão’s play attracted some of the finest actors of the day in Rio de Janeiro, Furtado Coelho, a fellow Portuguese who was one of the best actors of his generation and a tireless promoter of the national theatre, Joaquim Augusto (probably Joaquim Augusto Ribeiro de Sousa, a celebrated dramatic and comic actor), Sr. (Jacinto) Heller, who in 1870 formed his own company which enjoyed success until 1893, Gabriela da Cunha, Moutinho de Sousa, Sr. Graça and Sr. Galdino (see J. Galante de Sousa, O teatro no Brasil, I, pp. 204-07 who also mentions two other actors, Gabriela da Cunha and Sr. Graça).   The work is prefaced by an article by Reinaldo Carlos Montoro and an excerpt from an article in the Revista Popular of 5 October 1859 signed “Carlos” describing its triumphant reception on the first night.   Born in Valença do Minho in 1836, Ernesto Cibrão sailed to Brazil in 1858 where he became vice-president of the Grêmio Literário Português.

Innocêncio IX, 178.   This edition not in WorldCat.     



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