Leandro Fernández de Moratín

(3339 words)
  • Philip Deacon (University of Sheffield)

Leandro Fernández de Moratín (1760-1828) was the outstanding dramatist of eighteenth-century Spain, not only because of the enduring audience appeal of his plays, but also due to their critical acclaim and influence on later playwrights. His subsequent literary reputation derives, too, from his achievements as poet, translator of drama and observer of social and cultural life in England and Italy.

Born in Madrid to an intellectual father, Nicolás (1737-1780), who was also a published poet and dramatist, Leandro Moratín did not attend university but gained his literary education from his father’s circle of friends. At the age of eighteen he entered the poetry competition of the Real Academia Española [Royal Spanish A…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Deacon, Philip. "Leandro Fernández de Moratín". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 September 2015
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12890, accessed 29 September 2016.]