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Gertrudis Gomez De (ah-vail-yahn-ay'-da) Avellaneda
AVELLANEDA, Gertrudis Gomez de (ah-vail-yahn-ay'-da), Spanish author, born in Puerto Principe, Cuba, in 1816; died in Seville in June 1864. Her father was a Spanish naval officer, and after his death she went to Spain, where her first drama, "Leoncia," was favorably received at Madrid in 1840o In 1845 she was crowned with laurel in the presence of the court and received a prize, for a poem exalting the clemency of the queen. In 1846 she married Pedro Sabador, a young Spanish politician, who died in the same year, and she afterward lived in retirement at Madrid and Sevilie. She wrote lyrical poetry (2 vols., 2d ed., Mexico, 1852), sixteen dramas, and eight volumes of prose, which gave her a high reputation.
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