CASTILLO SOLbRZANO, ALONSO DE (1584?-1647?),
See also:Spanish novelist and playwright, is stated to have been baptized at Tordesillas near
See also:Valladolid on 1st
See also:October 1584 . Nothing is known of his youth, and he is next heard of at
See also:Madrid in 1619 as a man of
See also:literary tastes . While in the service of the
See also:marquis de Villar, he issued his first
See also:work, Donaires del Parnaso (1624–1625), two volumes of humorous poems; his Tardes entretenidas (1625) and Jornadas alegres (1626) proved that he was a novelist by vocation . Shortly afterwards he joined the
See also:household of the marquis da los Velez,
See also:viceroy of Valencia, and published in
See also:quick succession three
See also:picaresque novels: La Nina de los embustes, Teresa de
See also:Manzanares (1634),
See also:Las Aventuras del Bachiller Trapaza (1637), and a continuation entitled La Garduna de Sevilla y Anzuelo de las balsas (1642) . To these shrewd cynical stories he owes his reputation . He followed the marquis de los Velez in his disastrous
See also:campaign in
See also:Catalonia, and accompanied him to Rome, where the defeated general was sent as
See also:ambassador . Castillo Sol6rzano's
See also:death occurred (probably at Palermo) before 1648, but the exact date is uncertain . His prolonged
See also:absence from Madrid prevented him from writing as copiously for the stage as he would other-wise have done; but he was popular as a playwright both at home and abroad . His Marques del Cigarral and El Mayorazgo fcguron are the
See also:sources respectively of
See also:Scarron's Don Jophet d'Armenie and L'Heritier ridicule . Among his numerous remaining
See also:works may be mentioned Las Harpias en Madrid (1633), Fiestas del Jardin (1634), Los Alivios de Casandra (164o) and the
See also:posthumous Quinta de
See also:Laurel (1649); the witty observation of these books forms a singular contrast to the prim devotion of his Sagrario de Valencia (1635) . His versatility and graceful
See also:style deserve the highest praise . (J .
CRISTOBAL DE CASTILLEJO (1490-1556)
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