Alonso de Castillo Solórzano

Alonso de Castillo (1584?, probably in Tordesillas, Valladolid1647?, probably in Palermo) was a Spanish novelist and playwright.

He is said to have been baptized October 1, 1584. He is next heard of at Madrid in 1619 as a man of literary tastes. While in the service of the Marquis de Villars, he issued his first 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 household of the Marquis de los Vélez, Viceroy of Valencia, and published in quick succession three clever picaresque novels: ''La Niña de los embustes, Teresa de Manzanares'' (1634), ''Las Aventuras del Bachiller Trapaza'' (1637), and a continuation entitled ''La Garduña de Sevilla y Anzuelo de las bolsas'' (1642). To these shrewd cynical stories he owes his reputation.

He followed the Marquis de los Vélez in his disastrous campaign in Catalonia (the Reapers' War) and accompanied him to Rome, where the defeated general was sent as ambassador. Castillo Solórzano's death occurred before 1648, but the exact date is uncertain. His prolonged absence from Madrid prevented him from writing as copiously for the stage as he would otherwise have done; but he was popular as a playwright both at home and abroad. His ''Marqués del Cigarral'' and ''El Mayorazgo figurón'' are the sources respectively of Scarron's ''Don Jophet d'Arménie'' and ''L'Héritier ridicule''. Among his numerous remaining works may be mentioned ''Las harpías en Madrid'' (1633), ''Fiestas del Jardín'' (1634), ''Los Alivios de Casandra'' (1640) and the posthumous ''Quinta de Laurel'' (1649); the witty observation of these books forms a singular contrast to the prim devotion of his ''Sagrario de Valencia'' (1635). Provided by Wikipedia

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by Castillo Solórzano, Alonso de
Published 1747
printed by J. Chaney, in St John's Lane; and sold by W. Reeve, at Shakespear's Head, Serjeant's Inn Gate in Fleet-Street; J. Fox, in Westminster-Hall; and H. Cooke, at the Royal Exchange

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by Castillo Solórzano, Alonso de
Published 1792
printed by Thomas M'donnel, No. 50. Essex-Street, Opposite the Old Custom-House

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by Castillo Solórzano, Alonso de
Published 1717
printed for E. Curll in Fleet-Street; and W. Taylor in Pater-Noster-Row

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by Castillo Solórzano, Alonso de
Published 1715
printed for Edw. Midwinter, at the Looking-Glass on London-Bridge

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by Castillo Solórzano, Alonso de
Published 1712
printed by E. P. for Geo. Harris, next door to the Bagnio in St. James's-Street

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by Castillo Solórzano, Alonso de
Published 1715
printed and sold by B. Harris, at the Golden Boar's Head in Grace Church-Street