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Fernando de Rojas

  • Fernando de Rojas © Iberfoto

    Fernando de Rojas © Iberfoto

  

Speciality

Literature

 

 

Date of birth

1470

Date of death

1541
  


" His only work, "La Celestina" is one of the most outstanding in Spanish literature. It has been one of the bases for modern novel and theatre."

He was born in La Puebla de Montalbán, in 1470. Although it is said that he belonged to a wealthy family of Jewish converts, new research casts doubt upon this. He studied Law in Salamanca. After earning his degree he started to work as a lawyer in Talavera, where he became mayor. It is believed, almost certainly, that he only wrote one book. This book, however, is very important in the history of literature: "La Celestina" or "The Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea". A long book that is written as a play, with dialogues, in 21 acts. He died in Talavera de la Reina in 1541.

Essential works

  • 'La Celestina'. National Classical Theatre Company © Ministerio de Cultura

    Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea

    The supreme classic of Spanish literature which marked the start of the Golden Age

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  • Book of Calixto and Melibea and the old whore Celestina. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Copy of ‘La Celestina’

    A copy of "La Celestina", one of the best-selling books in Spanish literature and a bibliographic rarity because it is the only one of this edition still in existence.

    Spanish National Library (Madrid)

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