He completed elementary school in public school, back in 1917 to 1922.
The junior high school was also carried out in Salvador, at Our Lady of Victory Gym, the Marist Brothers.
He enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, in 1926. After he moved to the Medical School of Rio de Janeiro, which he left graduate in 1931.
Procedure was the Military Police Hospital and Clinic Propedêutica, Prof Service. Prado Valadares.
Soon after graduation he was appointed librarian of the Faculty of Medicine of Bahia, and in the immediate years, defining its inclination to the lyrics, collaborated in the newspapers soteropolitanos. His articles have achieved great success, transcribed in newspapers of Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte.
During the years 1938 - 1941 he taught History and General History of Philosophy at Our Lady of Victory Gym and other schools in Salvador.
In 1941 he became Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Faculty of Philosophy of Bahia.
The following year, he traveled to the United States where he taught, Portuguese and Brazilian Literature at the University of Vermont in Burlington. He was also secretary-editor of the magazine Reader's Digest, delivered several conferences and attended several courses at the Ecole Libre des Hautes Etudes in New York and Columbia University (1942-1947).
He has written numerous articles about Brazil and Brazilian books translated into English, upon request of the publisher Alfred Knopf, New York.
In 1947 he returned to Brazil and continued his intense intellectual activity, delivering lectures and holding conferences and writing articles on Brazilian Literature, History and Philosophy.
Brilliant competitions held through which he became Professor of the College D. Pedro II (1951) and the Faculty of Philosophy Institute Lafayete (1948).
In 1971 he was a visiting professor at the University of Cologne, West Germany.
In 1974, he was a visiting professor at the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France, from various universities in this country and in 1977 became a regular member of the International Institute of Ibero-American Literature, based in the United States.
He participated in hundreds of international conferences, projecting Brazil in various countries worldwide.
He died on August 5, 2000, in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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