Xosefa Xovellanos

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Xosefa de Xovellanos y Xove Ramírez (1745 - 1807) was the younger sister of Asturian politician Gaspar Melchor de Xovellanos and prominent writer in Asturian. She was born in Gijón on June 4, (1745) and married to Argandoña Domingo Gonzalez, Attorney General at the Court of the Principality of Asturias.

Xosefa Xovellanos became a nun, against the strong will of her brother, in the Recoletes Convent of San Agustin, at the foot of the house where she was born. She died on June 2, 1807 from an illness. Her work is known thanks to an anthology compiled in 1839 by Xosé Caveda y Nava (Colección de poesías en dialecto asturiano; Oviedo, 1839).

Further reading[edit]

  • López Velarde, Ramón; Martínez, José Luis (1 January 1998). Obra poética. Editorial Universidad de Costa Rica. ISBN 978-84-89666-35-1. 
  • Actos de la XIX Selmana de les Lletres Asturianes dedicada a Xosefa Xovellanos, 1745-1807 [Uviéu]: Serviciu de Publicaciones del Principáu d'Asturies, [1998] ISBN 84-7847-497-8