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Cecília Meireles

Cecília Meireles (1901–1964) is generally considered the most important female poet in Brazilian history. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, she was a public school teacher for most of her life, writing books for children and founding the Biblioteca Infantil, the first children’s library in Brazil. Her poetry was published widely in Brazil and other countries, and her work was collected in Obra poética (1958).