Alonso Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo

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Alonso Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo (c. 1580 – 10 July 1635) was a Spanish novelist and playwright, born in Madrid, and educated in Alcalá de Henares and Valladolid.[1]

His first work, La Patrona de Madrid restituida (1609), is a devout poem, which forms a prelude to La Hija de Celestina (1612), a transcription of picaresque scenes reprinted under the title of La Ingeniosa Elena. This was followed by a series of similar tales and plays, the best of which are:

  • El Cavallero puntual (1614),
  • La Casa de placer honesto (1620),
  • Don Diego de Noche (1623) and
  • a most sparkling satirical volume of character-sketches, El Curioso y fabio Alexandro (1634).[1]

He died in poverty in Madrid on 10 July 1635.[1]

Some of his works were translated into English and French, and Scarron's Hypocrites is based on La Ingeniosa Elena. According to an evaluation in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, "[H]e deserved the vogue which he enjoyed till late in the 17th century, for his satirical humour, versatile invention and pointed style are an effective combination."[1]


  1. ^ a b c d  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Salas Barbadillo, Alonso Jerónimo de". Encyclopædia Britannica. 24 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 60.