Manuel Curros Enríquez
(September 15, 1851 - February 7, 1908) was a Galician
writer and journalist in the Galician language
, and is considered to be one of the leading figures of Galician culture and identity.
Manuel Curros Enríquez was born in Celanova
. He was the son of a scriban. Manuel went to school until he had to help his father as a scriban.
When he was sixteen years old, he ran away from home and went to live with some relatives. He ended up in Madrid
, living with his brother Ricardo. There, he had a chance to continue his studies and he even went to University. He started to study Law, but did not get a degree.
He was still a Law student in Madrid when he started to publish poems in Galician. His "Cantiga", written around this time, was later put to music and has now become a popular Galician song.
After the revolution in September, 1868, Curros adopted democratic ideals. He then began a literary career. He also shared a home with Modesta Luisa Polonia Vázquez Rodríguez beginning in 1871, having a son with her in 1873, and then marrying her in 1877.
In this same year, Curros wins a price in Ourense
with his poem A Virxe do Cristal
, and is widely recognized as a prominent Galician poet. He then moved to Ourense where he continued his writings.
In 1877 he moved back to Galicia and he took part in a Literary Competition in Ourense, being awarded several prizes for his submissions of Galician poetry. In 1880 he published Aires da......