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 Short Story 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 witty, sarcastic attitude, are still read in Brazilian schools to this day. Although he is mainly unknown outside Brazil, he has attrected some attention: Woody Allen admitted to being his fan and Harold Bloom called him "the supreme black literary artist to date". Machado de Assis was a polyglot, having learned French, English, German and Greek later in life.
Examples of his works:
Tropes found in his works include: