Paulo Mendes Campos was a Brazilian writer and journalist. Born in Minas Gerais, was the son of the physician and writer Mario Mendes Campos and D. Maria José de Lima Campos.He began his studies at the state capital, continued in Cachoeira do Campo, where the priest Portuguese teacher he predicted: "You will still be a writer," and ended in Sao Joao del Rei. He began the study of dentistry, veterinary medicine and law, and did not complete them. His dream of being aviator also did not materialize. Diploma himself, he liked to play, just had a typist. Still very young, he entered the literary life, as a member of the generation of mining in 1945, he belonged to Fernando Sabino and belonged to the deceased Otto Lara Resende, Hélio Pellegrino, John Ettiene Filho, Carlos Castello Branco and Murilo Rubião. In Belo Horizonte, directed the literary supplement of Folha de Minas and worked in the construction company of an uncle. He went to Rio de Janeiro in 1945 in order to meet the poet Pablo Neruda, and ended up staying. In Rio were already best friends of Mines - Sabino, Otto, and Helio Pellegrino. He began to collaborate in O Jornal, Correio da Manha (that was a writer for two and a half years) and Diario Carioca. In last week signed the Literary and then the chronic daily Foreground. Was for many years, one of three effective chroniclers of the magazine headline. Admitted to IPASE in 1947 as a building inspector, became editor of that organization and became director of the Rare Books Division of the National Library in Rio de Janeiro.In 1951 he released his first book, written words, poems. He married that same year, Joan of descent English, having had two children, Gabriela and Daniel. Paulo Mendes Campos was a reporter and, sometimes, an advertising copywriter. He was also skillful translator of poetry and prose English and French to Brazilian Portuguese - among other Jules Verne, Oscar Wilde, John Ruskin, Shakespeare, C.S. Lewis, and Neruda.