Luiz do Nascimento was born in the city of Gravatá, Pernambuco, on 15 December 1903, to Manuel do Nascimento de Jesus and Henriqueta Bezerra do Nascimento.
Showing an interest in journalism from an early age, at 14 he began writing for his native city’s weekly, O Gravataense.
Together with other youths, he created and ran various periodicals in Gravatá.
In 1926, he moved to Recife, where he dedicated himself entirely to the Pernambuco press, carrying out the duties of reviser, editor, reporter and translator in various Recife newspapers. He worked at the Jornal do Recife, Correio Jornal, Diário da Manhã, Diário da Tarde and, for 30 years, at the Jornal do Commercio, the daily owned by F. Pessoa de Queiroz, from which he retired in 1964.
He also contributed to the Jornal Pequeno, A Notícia, Folha da Manhã and Diario de Pernambuco, being a correspondent at the A Noite and A Noite Ilustrada as well.
He was one of the founders and director of the Professional Journalists’ Union of Recife, and ran the Pernambuco Press Association.
In 1952, Luiz do Nascimento began researching his masterpiece, História da imprensa de Pernambuco, 1821 a 1954 (History of the Pernambuco Press, 1821 to 1954) (15 volumes). He delved into the collections of the Pernambuco Public Library, the Portuguese Chamber of Reading, the State Public Archives, the Pernambuco Archaeological, Historic and Geographic Institute and the Faculty of Law, as well as the libraries of the interior, other Brazilian state capitals, including the National Library of Rio de Janeiro, and even private and collectors’ libraries.
He was a member of the Pernambuco Archaeological, Historic and Geographic Institute and of the Pernambuco Academy of Letters, where he occupied chair nº 39, whose patron is Mário Melo.
Besides the History of the Pernambuco Press, 1821 to 1954, he wrote, among others, the following works: Imprensa periódica pitoresca de Pernambuco: sinopse (Picturesque Periodic Press in Pernambuco: Synopsis) (1954); O jornal por dentro e por fora (The Newspaper Inside and Out) (1962); Imprensa do Recife (Recife Press) (1964); Três mestres de Direito no “batente” do jornal: Tobias Barreto, Martins Júnior e Clóvis Beviláqua (Three Law Masters “Working” in the Newspaper: Tobias Barreto, Martins Júnior and Clóvis Beviláqua) (1966); A imprensa vitoriense no século XIX (Vitória Press in the 19th Century) (1967); História da imprensa de Goiana (History of the Goiana Press) (1970); Sesquicentenário do primeiro jornal pernambucano (Sesquicentennial of the First Pernambuco Newspaper) (1971) and two published posthumously: O Recife pela voz dos poetas (Recife in the Voice of Poets) (1977) and Dicionário de pseudônimos de jornalistas pernambucanos (Dictionary of Pseudonyms of Pernambuco Journalists) (1983).
Luiz do Nascimento died in November 1974.
Recife, 14 July 2004.
(Updated on 28 August 2009).
Translated by Peter Leamy, January 2012.
NASCIMENTO, Luiz. O Recife pela voz dos poetas. Recife: Conselho Municipal de Cultura, 1977.
SILVA, Jorge Fernandes da. Vidas que não morrem. Recife: Governo de Pernambuco. Departamento de Cultura, 1982. p.287-288.
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