Alemán, Mateo

Alemán, Mateo

(baptized Sept. 28, 1547, Sevilla, Spain—died c. 1614, Mexico) Spanish novelist. Descended from Jews who had been forcibly converted to Roman Catholicism, he expressed many aspects of the experiences and feelings of the New Christians in 16th-century Spain. His most important literary work is Guzmán de Alfarache (1599, 1604), one of the earliest picaresque novels, which brought him fame throughout Europe but little profit.

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