It took a while to find things online (in English) about Machado de Assis. While a few of these items are repetitive, I'll include the links I found interesting:
His Wikipedia entry
His entry at books and writers
A beautiful site created by the Academia Brasileira de Letras
Who was Machado de Assis? at Espelho: Revista Machadiana, a scholarly journal, published yearly and devoted to the Brazilian author Machado de Assis. Follow the links for a bibliography.
Reading Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis, an article from the Dalkey Archive Press (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
The abstract for Susan Sontag's Afterlives: The Case for Machado de Assis. The essay is not available online (but can be found in one of her collections of essays).
A few notes on his epilepsy
The Representation of Brazil and the Politics of Nation in American Literature--a good introduction on how Brazil is portrayed in American lit
Academic Research Resources on Brazil, courtesy of the University of Texas at Austin
A brief survey of the short story part 47: Machado de Assis at The Guardian
There were several articles recently commemorating the 100th anniversary of his death:
- After a Century, a Literary Reputation Finally Blooms
- Machado De Assis: Genius at 100
- More Praise for Machado de Assis on the 100th Anniversary of his Death and a second article at the University of Rochester international literature site
- Review: A Chapter of Hats and Other Stories by Machado de Assis
- Speak, Memory at Newsweek
I could not find too much on The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (sometimes translated using the subtitle Epitaph for a Small Winner) outside of the general articles listed above. But here are a few items:
The Wikipedia entry on the book.
His works can be found on line (book form and audio) if you're familiar with Portuguese. I have yet to find any online translations in English. I am reading the Library of Latin America version, translated by Gregory Rabassa. A preview of it can be found at Google Book Search.
Website for the movie Memórias Póstumas. (If anyone knows where an inexpensive DVD copy can be obtained--other than the Brown University library--please let me know)