Ramón de la Cruz

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Bust of Ramón de la Cruz in Madrid (L. Coullaut, 1913)

Ramón de la Cruz (28 March 1731 – 5 March 1794) was a Spanish neoclassical dramatist.

Born in Madrid, he was a clerk in the ministry of finance. He is the author of three hundred sainetes, little farcical sketches of city life, written to be played between the acts of a longer play. He published a selection in ten volumes (Madrid, 1786–1791). The best of his pieces, such as Las Tertulias de Madrid, are specimens of satiric observation.


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