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ANTONIO DE SOLIS (1610-16S6)

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Originally appearing in Volume V25, Page 362 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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ANTONIO DE SOLIS (1610-16S6), Spanish dramatist and historian, was born in 1610 at Alcala de Henares (less probably, Plasencia), and studied law at Salamanca, where he produced a comedy entitled Amon y obligacion, which was acted in 1627. He became secretary to the count of Oropesa, and in 1654 he was appointed secretary of state as well as private secretary to Philip IV. Later he obtained the lucrative post of chronicler of the Indies, and, on taking orders in 16671 severed his connexion with the stage. He died at Madrid on the 19th of April 1686. Of his ten extant plays, two have some place in the history of the drama. El Antor al use was adapted by Scarron and again by Thomas Corneille as L'Amour d la mode, while La Gitanilla de Madrid, itself founded on the novela of Cervantes, has been . utilized directly or indirectly by P. A. Wolff, Victor Hugo and Longfellow. The titles of the remaining seven are Triunfos de amor y fortuna, Euridice y Orfeo, El Alcetzar del secrete, Las Amazonas, El Doctor Carline, Utz Bobo pace ciento, and Amparar el enemigo. Amor y obligaci6n survives in a manuscript at the Biblioteca Nacional. The Historia de la conquista de Mijico, covering the three years between the appointment of Cortes to command the invading force and the fall of the city, deservedly ranks as a Spanish prose classic. It was published in 1684; an English translation by Townshend appeared in 1724.
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