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SOLIS y RIVADENEYRA, Antonio de, Spanish author, born in Alcala de Henares. 1S July, 1610 ; died in Madrid, 19 April, 1686. He studied the humanities in Alcala and jurisprudence at Salamanca, and at the age of seventeen wrote a comedy in verse, which was soon followed by others. In 1640 he became private secretary of Duarte de Toledo, Count de Oropesa, president of the council of Castile, and in 1654 he was appointed one of the secretaries of King Philip IV, and chief clerk of the secretary of state, which office he held till 1666, when he became historiographer of the Indies. In the following year he entered the Society of Jesus, but retained his office and devoted all his time to the composition of his great historical work. He published the comedies "Amor y Obligacion" (Madrid, 1627) ; "Un bobo hate ciento" the "United States " with the embassy to France the Fenian Invasion of 1866" (Toronto, 1867). (1630) ; "Amor al uso" (1632) ; "La Gitanilla de Madrid " (1634) ; and "Euridice y Orfeo" (1642). Some authorities consider him to be the author of "Gil Bias de Santillana," and look upon Le Sage as only its translator, tie also wrote "Poesias sagradas y profanas" (1674), but his chief fame depends on his" Historia de la Conquista, poblacion y progreso de la America Septentrional" (Madrid, 1684; many subsequent editions), which was translated into French (Paris, 1691), into Italian (Florence, 1699), and into English (London, 1724).
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