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Nicolás Fernández de Moratín (1737–1780)

Fernández de Moratín, Nicolás (mō-rä-tēn’). A Spanish poet; born at Madrid, July 20, 1737; died there, May 11, 1780. He was professor of poetry in the Imperial College, Madrid. His best work, and one of the best epics in the language, was ‘The Ships of Cortés Destroyed’ (1785). He wrote besides ‘Diana’ (1763), a didactic poem; and many short poems. In the attempt to substitute for the usual religious dramas others more agreeable to the taste of the times, he produced the comedy ‘The Belle’ (1762), and the tragedies ‘Lucrecia,’ ‘Hormesinda’ (1770), ‘Guzman the Good’ (1777), etc.