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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Luís de Camões (c. 1524–1580)

Camões, Luís de (kam’ō-ens). Portugal’s greatest poet; born at Lisbon in 1524 or 1525; died on June 10, 1580. He passed some time in India as a soldier; later he held a lucrative office at Macao; there he composed a part of ‘The Lusiads.’ He returned to Portugal beggared, and died at Lisbon in a public hospital. The ‘Lusiads’ served to determine the ultimate literary forms of Portuguese: it is regarded as the national epic of Portugal. (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).