Castelo Branco, Camilo, viscount of Correia Botelho biographical name
(born March 16, 1825, Lisbon, Port.died June 1, 1890, Seide) Portuguese novelist. An orphan from a family with a tendency to insanity, he studied medicine and theology before beginning to write. While imprisoned for eloping with another man's wife, he wrote his best-known work, Amor de perdição (1862; Fatal Love), about a thwarted love that leads to crime and exile. His 58 novels, many mirroring his passionate life, range from Romantic melodrama to realism. His best works include O romance d'um homem rico (1861; The Love Story of a Rich Man) and O retrato de Ricardina (1868; Portrait of Ricardina). Ennobled in 1885, he committed suicide five years later.
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