Antonio Candido de Mello e Souza was born on July 24, 1918, and died on May 12, 2017.
He was a Brazilian writer, professor, sociologist and literary critic.
Whilst working as a critic of Brazilian literature, Candido is regarded as having been one of the foremost scholars on the subject by Brazilian universities.
Candido was the co-winner of the Prêmio Jabuti for essays in 1965 and was awarded the Prêmio Machado de Assis in 1993, the Camões Prize in 1998 and the Alfonso Reyes International Prize in 2005.
He was a professor emeritus at the University of São Paulo and São Paulo State University and doctor honoris causa by the University of Campinas.
He married Gilda de Melo e Sousa in 1943, a Brazilian essayist and fellow professor at the University of São Paulo, with whom he has three daughters.
He was hospitalized in Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo days before until his death due to intestinal problems.
Antonio Candido passed away 98 years old.