Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, more often known as Machado de Assis (June 21, 1839–September 29, 1908), was a Brazilian novelist, poet, playwright and ShortStory writer. He started his carreer as a proofreader on a small newspaper and died recognized by many as the most important Brazilian writer. Some of his works, which often display his [[DeadpanSnarker witty, sarcastic attitude]], are still read in Brazilian schools to this day. Although he is mainly unknown outside Brazil, he has attrected some attention: Creator/WoodyAllen admitted to being his fan and Harold Bloom called him "the supreme black literary artist to date". Machado de Assis was a [[{{Omniglot}} polyglot]], having learned French, English, German and Greek later in life.

!!Examples of his works:
* ''Literature/OAlienista''
* ''Literature/EsauEJaco''
* ''Literature/DomCasmurro''
* ''Literature/MemorialDeAires''
* ''Literature/MissaDoGalo'', one of his most famous [[ShortStory short stories]]
* ''Literature/PosthumousMemoirsOfBrasCubas'', also known in English as ''Epitaph for a Small Winner''
* ''Literature/QuincasBorba'', also known as ''Philosopher or Dog?''
!!Tropes found in his works include:
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* CharacterTitle: ''Literature/DomCasmurro'', ''Literature/QuincasBorba''
* ComingOfAgeStory: ''Literature/DomCasmurro'', in a sense.
* ContinuityNod: Quincas Borba started as a character in ''Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas'', wherein he starts developing his Humanitist philosophy.
* DeadpanSnarker: Prevalent in Machado de Assis' more famous works.
* DidTheyOrDidntThey: The whole point of ''Literature/DomCasmurro''.
* HowWeGotHere: Brás Cubas decides to start his ''Posthumous Memoirs'' from the last days of his life, and then he goes on to tell his story from when he was a child.
* PosthumousNarration: ''Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas''.
* UnreliableNarrator: ''Literature/DomCasmurro''.