Fidelino de Sousa Figueiredo (1988-1967) was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley before returning to Brazil where he taught
Portuguese literature at the University of São Paulo (1938-51). He applied a critical spirit to the study of literaure, focusing
on the psychological personality of authors. The collection consists of photocopies of 962 letters from various persons to
Fidelino de Sousa Figueiredo was born in 1888 in Lisbon, Portugal; studied law and literature at Coimbra University; served
in the cabinet of the dictator general Sidónio Pais, going into exile after his assassination; in 1920 taught in Rio de Janeiro,
Brazil, spent three years in Madrid (1927-30), in 1931 became a visiting professor at UC Berkeley; returned to Brazil, where
he taught Portuguese literature at the University of São Paulo (1938-51); applied a critical spirit to the study of literature,
focusing on the psychological personality of authors; publications include Revista de história (1912-28), A história literária como ciência (1912), História da literature portuguesa (1913-24), and Notas para um idearum português (1929); returned to Portugal; he died in 1967.