See also:Spanish dramatist, was
See also:born about the end of the 16th century in the province of
See also:Asturias, became page to the count de Saldana (son of the duke de Lerma), and was recognized as a rising poet by Cervantes in the Viaje del Parnaso (1614) . He
See also:rose rapidly into favour under
See also:Philip IV., who appointed him private secretary, commissioned from him comedias palaciegas for the royal theatre at Aranjuez, and in 1623 conferred on him the orders of
See also:Santiago and Calatrava . Most of his contemporaries and rivals paid
See also:court to " el discreto de palacio," and
See also:Mendoza seems to have lived on the friendliest terms with all his
See also:brother-dramatists except
See also:Ruiz de
See also:Alarcon . He is said to have been involved in the fall of
See also:Olivares, and died unexpectedly at Saragossa on the ,9th of
See also:September 1644 . Only one of his plays, Querer
See also:solo querer, was published with his consent; it is included in a
See also:volume (1623) containing his semi-official account of the performances at Aranjuez in 1622 . The best edition of Mendoza's plays and verses bears the title of Obras liricas y c6micas, divinas y humanas (1728) . Much of his
See also:work does not rise above the level of graceful and accomplished
See also:verse; but that he had higher qualities is shown by El Marido hate mujer, a brilliant
See also:comedy of
See also:manners, which forms the chief source of
See also:Moliere's Ecole
See also:des marts . The Fiesta que se hizo en Aranjuez and Querer por solo querer were translated into
See also:English by
See also:Fanshawe, afterwards
See also:ambassador at
See also:Madrid, in a
See also:posthumous volume published in 1671 .
DIEGO HURTADO DE MENDOZA (1503-1575)
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