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Félix María Samaniego

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Date of birth

Oct 12, 1745

Date of death


" Writer. Together with Tomás de Iriarte, he is considered to be the best Spanish fabulist."

Félix María Serafín Sánchez de Samaniego Zabala was born in Laguardia (Álava), in 1745. He belonged to a noble family and after completing his first studies at home, he was sent to study Law at the University of Valladolid. He stayed there for two years without gaining a degree. He travelled to France for pleasure and became fascinated with encyclopaedists. On returning to Spain he got married and settled in Vergara, where he was president of the Sociedad Patriótica Vascongada, a society that promoted culture amongst the people. In 1784 "Moral Fables" appeared in Madrid, made up of nine books, with 157 fables in Spanish verse. They were written for the students of Vergara College and followed the aesthetic idea of having fun while learning. He died in Laguardia in 1801.

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    Félix María de Samaniego reinterpreted classic moral fables.

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