Joseph, or Joe, Abdo is an American who lived in Portugal for many years. He developed a great interest in Portuguese history and culture and became a regular contributor to several magazines in Portugal and abroad, publishing more than 80 articles.
His writing evolved from magazines to books and the first he wrote was Tram Tours of Lisbon, which described places of interest along Lisbon’s century-old tram routes. This was totally rewritten and published in 2014.
During a vacation to the Azores Joe discovered the Dabney family from Boston, Massachusetts, which provided three generations of American Consuls to the Azores in the 19th century. He told the story of this important, but relatively unknown, American family in the book On the Edge of History.
This was followed by The Quiet Radical, the biography of Samuel Longfellow, who had been tutor to the Dabney children and was the youngest brother of America’s important poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Samuel was influential in the more radical social and religious movements in America during the 19th century.
Joe’s third historical nonfiction book, The Christian Discovery of Tibet, was the story of Portuguese Jesuit Padre Antonio de Andrade, first European to cross the Himalayas to the city of Tsaparang in the kingdom of Guge in western Tibet. Padre Antonio established a mission there that functioned for 14 years and closed not long after the conquest of Guge by the neighboring kingdom of Ladakh, partly to stop the Christian influence of the Jesuits.
He recently wrote Mary, a film script about a freed slave who was placed as a spy in the home of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States during the American Civil War. It was made into a short film and was released in mid-2013.
Joe is now making his first foray into the realm of fiction and continues to enjoy writing.