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Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda y Arteaga (1814–1873)

Avellaneda y Arteaga, Gertrudis Gomez de (ä-vā-lyä-nā’THä ē är-tā-ä’gä). A distinguished Spanish poet, dramatist, and novelist; born at Puerto Principe, Cuba, March 23, 1814; died in Madrid, Feb. 2, 1873. Under the pseudonym “La Peregrina” she contributed to Andalusian journals many ‘Lyric Poems’ (1851–54), and afterward wrote a series of spirited novels; ‘Two Women’; ‘The Baroness de Joux’; ‘Dolores’; and others. She gained still higher distinction with the tragedies ‘Alfonso Munio’ (1844), the hero of which was her own ancestor, and ‘The Prince of Viana.’ Her later compositions are: Biblical dramas, as ‘Saul’ (1849) and ‘Balthasar’ (1858); the spiritual song, ‘At the Cross’; and ‘The Last Accent of my Harp’ (1850). But she did not abandon dramatic composition: in the later years of her life she composed 16 plays which have a place on the Spanish stage.