Lygia Fagundes Telles (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈliʒiə faˈɡũdis ˈtɛlis]; born 19 April 1923) is a Brazilian novelist and short-story writer. Educated as a lawyer, she began publishing soon after she completed high school and simultaneously worked as a solicitor and writer throughout most of her career. She is a recipient of the Camões Prize, the highest literary award of the Portuguese language and her works have received honors and awards from Brazil, Chile and France. She was elected as the third woman in the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 1985 and holds Chair 16.
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