Author Memorial

Author Memorial

This page was created by the author as a way to honor family members who have exercised activities related to Literature and Art.

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Henri Hugus Germano Jenné

Henri Hugus Germano Jenné (1902 – 1970, son of Henry Jacob Jenné and Berthe Kindt Jenné), born in Metz, Lorraine, France. He arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 1920 with his parents, after having lived for about 14 years in Canada (Lethbridge and Medicine Hat City, Alberta), where he graduated in the Conservatory of Music. He also graduated in electromechanical engineering in São Paulo in 1926 by the company GM do Brasil.

He worked at Cia Ford in Rio de Janeiro and later moved to the city of Itajaí, Santa Catarina, where he married and lived for more than 40 years. He died in October 1970 in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. Throughout his life he worked as an electromechanical engineer, musician and miniaturist.

Miniature Exposition by Henri Jenné (1960)

He held several exhibitions in Brazil, receiving silver medal title at the Exposition of the Centenary of the Independence of Brazil in 1922.

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth by Henri Jenné (1960)

He also directed orchestras in the state of Santa Catarina and built an exhibition in miniatures that traveled all over Brazil in the 1960s, performing exhibitions and raising funds for underprivileged entities.

Miniature Exposition by Henri Jenné (1960)

Henri Hugus Germano Jenné é bisavô do escritor Henry Jenné.

Henri Hugus Germano Jenné (1960)
Foto de Mario Vieira da Costa O Poeta de Estrela Dalva

Mário Vieira da Costa, (1903 – 1983, son of Policarpo Luiz Vieira da Costa and Francisca Emília da Costa) brazilian writer from Santa Catarina state, married to Etelvina Antunes da Costa, with whom he had seven children: Milton, Mário Filho, Cássio, Jairo (grandfather of writer Henry Jenné), Jaime, Ruth and Eloá. He wrote and published several books between the 1920s and 1960s in the states of Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In addition to his almost 20 books written and published, he collaborated with several newspapers of various states in his time, among them: Aurora, O Lageano, Região Serrana, O Planalto, O Imparcial, O Guia Serrano, Revista Álbum do Paraná, A Gazeta de Florianópolis, Dos Jornais – do DIP Press and Propaganda Departament of Rio de Janeiro and “Voz do Sul” – from Castro Alves Literary Guild of Porto Alegre city. His literary genre varied between stories, novels, poetry and drama.

He was a member of the P.E.N. Brazil, a World Writers Association founded in London in 1921 and Castro Alves Literary Guild of Porto Alegre. Some of his best-known works are: “The Xiphopagous” (novel based on the real facts of the sisters Marina and Eulina, as well as the biography of the famous doctor Dr. Eduardo Chapot-Prévost, who executed the first surgery of a xiphopagous twin sisters. In addition, the work also features references to X-Rays, famous discovery of Röentgen in 1895, as well as traces of the life of the famous doctor Dr. Allan Roy Dafoe, doctor who performed the first quintuple birth in North America. This work was published in 1943 and 1961 by the Publisher Thurmann – Porto Alegre, Brazil). Mário Vieira da Costa was also known as “The Morning Star Poet”, because of his book of poetry published in 1942.

Literary Works by Mário Vieira da Costa:

Mário Vieira da Costa is the great grandfather of the writer Henry Jenné

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Jairo Antunes da Costa

Jairo Antunes da Costa (1925 – 1993, son of Mário Vieira da Costa and Etelvina Antunes da Costa), was born in Porto Alegre, divorced from Yvette Jenné, with whom he had four children: Henry Jenné (1949 – 2002, father of writer Henry Jenné), Jairo Costa Filho (1951 – 2015), Vivianne Jenné (1954 – 1995) and Cassio Costa Sobrinho (1957 – 1998). He was teacher of languages and worked for years as an English Translator and Interpreter. He translated several books into Portuguese. Among them, the bestseller book “250 Million Scout” writen by the Hungarian writer and sociologist Lázló Nagy, who was also General Secretary of the World Organization of the Scout Movement from 1968 to 1988. The book presents the history of the creation of the Scout movement in the world, as well as the biography of its founder: the English Lord Baden Powell. Jairo also composed, in the 1970s, a Technical Dictionary of Engineering Terms that came to be widely used by American companies that worked in the construction of roads and highways in Brazil.

In addition to being a translator and interpreter, he wrote short stories and poetries. He also spent years in drawing. Below is the list of some of his unpublished texts (Contos e Poesias), written between the 1960s and 1980s:

1) No Return (1969); 2) Realities (1970); 3) Life and Death (1971); 4) Anguish (1972); 5) If I Could (1972); 6) I Would Rather Talk of Flowers (1978); 7) Living in Longing (1979); 8) Shipwreck (1981); 9) Dreams and Disappointments (1982); 10) Your Eyes (1983); 11) My Thoughts (1984); 12) The Floods (1984); among others.

Jairo Antunes da Costa also dedicated himself to the Art and the technique of transferring drawings to sheet metal, usually using bronze sheets. He composed a number of works between the 1970s and 1990s, signing them under the pseudonym “Lagasha”. Below is a sample of some of his last works (Artistic Nudes) made in 1991 using techniques with graphite, paints and watercolors.

Jairo A. da Costa is the paternal grandfather of writer Henry Jenné.

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Henry Jenné da Costa

Henry Jenné da Costa, born in Itajaí/SC (1949 – 2002, son of Jairo Antunes da Costa and Maria Yvette Jenné), was a musician and designer. Married to Tereza de O. Costa, he had two children: Henry and Danielle. During the 1960s and 1970s he participated in several bands, among them: The Black Cats, The Moondogs and The Crysis – all Santa Catarina bands that in their time suffered great influence from English Rock (especially the Beatles) and Jovem Guarda.

His presentations were in the most varied places, Yacht Club of Itajaí, Club Guarani, Convention Center of Blumenau, among other cities in various regions inside and outside the state.

Below are some photos that were part of his personal file:

Itajaí City, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Blumenau City, Santa Catarina State, Brazil (1969)

Henry Jenné da Costa is father of the writer Henry Jenné.

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