Franklin Távora

Franklin Távora

Franklin Távora
Born João Franklin da Silveira Távora
(1842-01-13)13 January 1842
Baturité, Ceará, Brazil
Died 18 August 1888(1888-08-18) (aged 46)
Rio de Janeiro City, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pen name Semprônio
Occupation Lawyer, journalist, novelist, politician, dramatist
Nationality Brazilian
Ethnicity White
Alma mater Faculdade de Direito de Recife
Period 1861 — 1879
Literary movement Romanticism
Notable works O Cabeleira

João Franklin da Silveira Távora (January 13, 1842 – August 18, 1888) was a Brazilian novelist, journalist, politician, lawyer and dramatist, famous for his Regionalist romance O Cabeleira, set in 18th-century Pernambuco. He wrote under the pen names Semprônio and Farisvest.

He is patron of the 14th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.


João Franklin da Silveira Távora was born in the city of Baturité, Ceará, to Camilo Henrique da Silveira Távora and Maria de Santana da Silveira. He made his primary studies in Fortaleza. He moved with his parents to Pernambuco in 1854, ingressing at Law course in Recife, graduating in 1863. In 1874, he moves to Rio de Janeiro, writing for journals A Consciência Livre and A Verdade.

Along with Nicolau Midosi, he founded the Revista Brasileira, which lasted from 1879 to 1881. He polemized with José de Alencar's idealist Romanticism. He also founded the Associação dos Homens de Letras and was a member of the Brazilian Historic and Geographic Institute.

He died on August 18, 1888.


  • Trindade Maldita (1861)
  • Os Índios do Jaguaribe (1862)
  • Um Mistério de Família (1862)
  • A Casa de Palha (1866)
  • Um Casamento no Arrabalde (1869)
  • Três Lágrimas (1870)
  • Cartas de Semprônio a Cincinato ([[1871 in