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Leonor D’Almeida

b. 1750, Lisbon; d. 1839, Lisbon

Portuguese poet Leonor d’Almeida composed romantic odes and epithets, utilizing her own troubled past as subject matter. Her grandmother had been executed for political reasons, forcing Leonor and her mother to take refuge in a convent until 1777. Exiled to London in 1803 for her own political actions, she returned to Lisbon in 1814, where she founded a literary salon. She translated numerous authors into Spanish, including Homer, Horace, and Alexander Pope. Her own writings were gathered in the six-volume Obras poéticas, published posthumously in 1844.