Cadalso, José de

Cadalso, José de

Cadalso, José de (hōsāˈ dā käᵺälˈsō), 1741–82, Spanish poet, critic, and satirist. Cadalso's rhapsodic prose autobiography, Noches lúgubres (1798), probably suggested by Edward Young's Night Thoughts, was a herald of the Spanish romantic movement. However, he is best known for Los eruditos a la violeta (1772), a satire on contemporary pedantry, and Cartas marruecas [Moroccan letters] (1793), an analysis of Spanish social decadence.
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