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Alexandre Herculano   By: (1859-1936)

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Alexandre Herculano, written by Jaime de Magalhães Lima, is a detailed and insightful biography of one of Portugal's most important historical figures. The author provides a thorough examination of Herculano's life, from his early days as a writer and historian to his later political career.

Lima does an excellent job of capturing the complexity of Herculano's character, shedding light on his intellectual prowess, his political beliefs, and his personal struggles. The book delves into Herculano's contributions to Portuguese literature, his staunch defense of liberal ideals, and his role in shaping the country's cultural and political landscape.

What sets this biography apart is the author's ability to contextualize Herculano's life within the broader historical and social contexts of 19th-century Portugal. Through detailed research and analysis, Lima paints a vivid picture of the challenges and triumphs faced by Herculano, making the reader feel as though they are experiencing the tumultuous events of the time alongside him.

Overall, Alexandre Herculano is a captivating and informative read that offers valuable insights into the life and legacy of one of Portugal's most influential figures. Lima's engaging writing style and meticulous attention to detail make this biography a must-read for anyone interested in Portuguese history or literature.

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JAYME DE MAGALHÃES LIMA

ALEXANDRE HERCULANO

F. FRANÇA AMADO,

EDITOR. COIMBRA.

ALEXANDRE HERCULANO

Composto o impresso na Typographia França Amado, rua Ferreira Borges, 115 Coimbra.

JAYME DE MAGALHÃES LIMA

Alexandre Herculano

COIMBRA F. FRANÇA AMADO, EDITOR 1910

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