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Biography of Rafael Landívar (1731-1793)


Guatemalan poet, born in Santiago de los Caballeros in 1731 and died in Bologna (Italy) in 1793. It reached the doctorate in philosophy in 1747. In 1750, on the death of his father, he left for Mexico, and joined as a Jesuit novice; ordered priest five years later. In 1767 was Professor of philosophy at the College of San Borja when there was the expulsion of the Jesuits. He moved to Bologna, where he lived as tutor in the House of the counts of Albergati. He is the author of Rusticatio mexicana (1781), Latin poem on hexametros influenced by Virgil, describing the American landscape.


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