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Almeida, Nicolau Tolentino de (1740 - 1811)

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Nicolau Tolentino de Almeida (10 September 1740 — 23 June 1811[1]), from Lisbon, was the foremost Portuguese satirical poet of the 18th century.[1] Beginning at age 20, Tolentino studied law for three years at the University of Coimbra; he then ended those studies to teach rhetoric. He was sent to Lisbon in 1776 to fill a post, and was named professor of rhetoric a year later.[1] His interests soon shifted once again, from teaching, to public office. He wrote against the Marquis of Pombal, and therefore gained the favor of Pombal's successor.[2] He was awarded with a sinecure office in the royal administration. In 1790, he was honored with the title of knight of the royal family.[1]...

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