Two of the three writers of New Portuguese Letters speak about writing and feminism in Portugal
Maria Isabel Barreno, Maria Teresa Horta and Maria Velho da Costa became famous in the early 70s, when in 1972 they published New Portuguese Letters. The book consists of letters, essays, poems, and fragments that portray Portuguese society, but specifically the condition of women in Portugal under Portuguese dictatorship. The book was deemed "pornographic" and censored within weeks of being published and the authors faced jail terms of up to 2 years. An international wave of solidarity supported the book and the three authors until the 1974 April revolution, when they were acquitted of all charges.