Ferro, Antônio

   Writer, journalist, cultural leader, and diplomat in the early and middle phases of the Estado Novo. Born into a family with strong republican sympathies and enrolled as a student in Lisbon University's Law Faculty, Ferro soon abandoned his faith in the chaotic republic, quit studying law, and became a poet, writer, and journalist. His reputation as a modernist and nationalist who was also a cosmopolitan, celebrated, prolific, and well-traveled journalist was acquired during the years 1917-33, when his publications attracted much public attention. Ferro published best-selling accounts include exclusive personal interviews of right-wing dictators in Italy, Spain, and other countries; portraits of the United States, including Hollywood in the 1920s; and a depiction of the turbulent Spanish Republic prior to the Spanish Civil War.
   The best-selling book that brought Ferro a key government job with the Estado Novo was composed of a series of 1932 interviews with Portugal's dictator, Salazar-O Homem e a Sua Obra (1933). This sensational book advanced an appealing image of Antônio de Oliveira Salazar, recently appointed premier by the military. The next year, Salazar invited Ferro to head the government's new information arm, Secretariado de Propaganda Nacional, which was renamed Secretariado Nacional da Informação (SNI) in 1944. From 1933 to 1949, Ferro directed this agency. Later alienated by the political situation, he was posted as a diplomat to Berne and Rome. Ferro married the Lisbon-based writer Maria Fernanda de Castro (1900-94). She collaborated with him on many writing and film projects. Ferro's so-called "policy of the Spirit" was a cultural policy that blended modernism, nationalism, and conservative values in the plastic and performing arts, film, and literature. After his diplomatic service abroad, he died in Lisbon.
   See also Art; Cinema; Literature.

Historical dictionary of Portugal 3rd ed.. . 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Antonio Roma — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Antonio Roma Apodo El Tarzán, El Tano …   Wikipedia Español

  • António Guterres — Mandats 10e Haut commissaire des Nations unies pour les réfugiés …   Wikipédia en Français

  • António Vitorino — A. Vitorino (centre) avec William Perry en 1996 Mandats …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Antonio Roma — sous les couleurs de Boca Juniors (années 1960). Antonio Roma (né le 13 juillet 1932, dans le quartier de Villa Lugano à Buenos Aires) est un footballeur argentin des années 1960. Sommaire …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Ferro — bezeichnet als griechisch lateinisches Präfix vieles, was im chemischen Sinne mit Eisen, im speziellen mit Eisen in der Oxidationsstufe +2 (FeII), zu tun hat Fierro, ehemaliger Name einer Kanarischen Insel, siehe El Hierro Ferro Meridian, früher… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Antonio Ginestal Machado — António Ginestal Machado (* 3. Mai 1874 in Almeida; † 28. Juni 1940 in Santarém) war ein portugiesischer Gymnasialprofessor, Politiker und Premierminister (Presidente do Conselho de Ministros) während der Ersten Republik. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Antonio Cabrini — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Antonio Cabrini, 2008 Antonio Cabrini (nacido el 8 de octubre de 1957) es un entrenador de fútbol y antiguo jugador de Italia. Jugó como lateral izquierdo, principalmente con la Juventus. Ganó el Mun …   Wikipedia Español

  • Antonio Badile — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Pala de San Nazaro, detalle, por Antonio Badile …   Wikipedia Español

  • Antonio Bustos — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Antonio Bustos Información personal Nombre real Antonio Manuel Bustos Alonso Nacimiento Almuñécar, España, 18 de junio de 1986 …   Wikipedia Español

  • António Feio — (* 6. Dezember 1954 in Lourenço Marques, Mosambik; † 29. Juli 2010 in Lissabon) war ein portugiesischer Schauspieler und Regisseur. Leben Feio wuchs bis …   Deutsch Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.