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LYGIA FAGUNDES TELLES

1923 – Lygia de Azevedo Fagundes is born in São Paulo on April 19.

1938 – Publishes her first book Porão e Sobrado comprising twelve short stories.

1940 – Enrolls at the Physical Education Training School.

1941 – Takes part in the literary circles of the Law School in the Largo de São Francisco. Is a member of the Academy of Letters of the University and contributes to the internal academic magazines Arcádia and A Balança.

1944 – Editora Martins in São Paulo publish Praia Viva, her second collection of short stories.

1946 – Graduates in Law.

1949 – Awarded the Afonso Arinos prize by the Academia Brasileira de Letras, for her book of short stories entitled O cacto vermelho.

1950 – Marries legal scholar Godoffredo da Silva Telles Jr.

1954 – O Cruzeiro magazine publishes Ciranda de Pedra in installments.

1958 – Brazilian Book award for the book of short stories entitled Histórias do desencontro.

1960 – Separates from Godoffredo da Silva Telles Jr.

1963 – Goes to live with Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes and starts writing As Meninas, a book inspired by the current Brazilian political scenario.

1967 – Contracted by moviemaker Paulo Cesar Saraceni and jointly with Paulo Emilio, she writes the movie script based on the novel D. Casmurro, by Machado de Assis.

1970 – Is awarded the International Foreign Woman Writer's Grand Prix in France for the book of short stories entitled Antes do baile verde.

1973 – Awarded all the major Brazilian literary awards – The Coelho Neto of the Academia Brasileira de Letras, the Jabuti of the Camara Brasilera do Livro and the top prize for Fiction from the São Paulo Art Critics Association - for her novel As meninas (later translated as The girl in the photograph).

1977 – Member of the panel of judges for the Unibanco Literature Trophy. Paulo Emilio Salles Gomes dies in September. Lygia takes over as President of the Cinemateca Brasileira which Paulo Emilio had helped to found, and to which she will retain close links until the mid 1980s. Awarded the Brazilian Pen Club prize for the book of short stories entitled Seminário dos ratos (later translated as Tigrela and other stories).

1978 – Globo Television Network broadcasts a Caso Especial based on the short story Jardim Selvagem.

1981 – Between May and November, Globo Television Network airs the TV soap Ciranda de Pedra (later translated as The marble dance), adapted from her novel of the same name.

1982 – Voted in to seat number 28 of the Academia Paulista de Letras.

1985 – By 32 votes to 7, she is voted in to occupy seat number 16 of the Academia Brasileira de Letras formerly occupied by Pedro Calmon. The election took place on October 24, though Lygia was only effectively sworn in on May 12, 1987.

1990 – Her son Godoffredo produces the documentary Narrarte covering his mother's life and work.

1993 – As one of the episodes in the serial Retratos de Mulher, Globo Television Network introduces Lygia's own adaptation of her short story O moço do saxofone, featured in the book Antes do baile verde, in the episode called Era uma vez Valdete.

1994 – Takes part in the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany.

1996 – The film As meninas, based on the novel of the same name, is produced and directed by Emiliano Ribeiro.

1997 – In May she is featured in the series O escritor por ele mesmo of the Moreira Salles Institute, in which she makes a speech on her motivation for writing. Editora Rocco in Rio de Janeiro buys the publishing rights for all of Lygia's literary output (both past and future).

1998 – In March participates in the 18th Book Salon in France. Completes a book of short narratives published by Editora Rocco.