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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Sister Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651–1695)

Juana Ines de la Cruz (kröth). A Mexican poet (1651–95). Retiring from the vice-regal court at the age of 17, she became a nun of the Hieronymite order, and devoted herself to a life of great austerity. Her writings consist of songs, dramas (all these except two on religious themes), prologues, and dramatic sacred allegories. Her contemporaries styled her “the Tenth Muse,” and “the Mexican Phœnix.” (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).