Leandro Fernández de Moratín

Leandro Fernández de Moratín


Born
in Madrid, Spain
March 10, 1760

Died
June 21, 1828


Moratín was born in Madrid the son of Nicolás Fernández de Moratín, a major literary reformer in Spain from 1762 until his death in 1780.

Distrusting the teaching offered in Spain's universities at the time, Leandro grew up in the rich literary environment of his father and became an admirer of Enlightenment thought. In addition to translating works of Molière and William Shakespeare into Spanish, he himself was a major poet, dramatist and man of letters whose writings promoted the reformist ideas associated with the Spanish Enlightenment. Early in his career, he was supported by statesman and author Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, who, in 1787, arranged for him to study for a year in Paris. In 1792, the Spanish government provided the funds f
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“Los ingleses que van de prisa, sabiendo que la línea recta es la más corta, atropellan cuanto encuentran;”
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