Thursday, 27 September 2018

The Bookplate Society

Alexander Teixeira de Mattos (1865 - 1921)

Alexander Louis Teixeira de Mattos San Payo y Mendes (April 9, 1865 – December 5, 1921), better known as Alexander Teixeira de Mattos was a journalist, literary critic, publisher and fine translator.
Of Portuguese Jewish descent Teixeira de Mattos was born in The Netherlands to an English mother and a Dutch father. Coming to England in 1874, he was educated at a Roman Catholic School and converted to Catholicism. Fluent in several languages, Alexander Teixeira de Mattos became the translator of Maurice Maeterlinck’s books and of, among others, Emile Zola, Alexis de Tocqueville, François Leroux, René de Chateaubriand, Louis Couperus and Jean-Henri Fabre. During the Great War he became a British citizen. In 1920 was made a Knight of the Order of Leopold.

McKenna, Stephen. A chapter in the life of Alexander Teixeira de Mattos, New York, Dodd, Mead & Co, 1922