ABSTRACT

On August 30, 1883, a “Literary celebration on the occasion of the foundation of the Brazilian Association of Men of Letters in the Empire’s capital,” took place at Rio de Janeiro’s Liceu de Artes e Oficios. Present were Emperor Dom Pedro II, his elder daughter and heiress Princess Isabel, as well as dozens of writers, journalists, high-and low-ranking politicians, military men, and two Argentine gentlemen, Vicente G. Quesada and his son Ernesto Quesada. According to the official program the guests received, the celebration was held in honor of the two foreign intellectuals who were included among the speakers. Several days earlier, an invitation from the five members of the organizing committee to “Sr. Dr. Vicente G. Quesada,” circulated in the Rio de Janeiro press. “The services rendered by you and your honorable son Mr. Dr. Ernesto Quesada as writers, in combating the isolation of the peoples of Latin America in the realm of literature, are well known in this capital,” said the text.1