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Alarcony Mendosa Juan Ruizde

Alarcon y Mendosa, Juan Ruiz de, a distinguished Spanish dramatist, born in Mexico some time before 1600. In 1628 received a government post in Madrid and began publishing his comedies. His haughty contempt for the public and for his literary contemporaries led to his neglect, though his works were freely pillaged by other playwrights. After his death, which some assign to 1639, his merits were acknowledged. Corneille borrowed for Le Menteur from his play entitled Suspicious Truth, and some of his pieces are still acted, as, for instance, Walls have Ears, Trial of Husbands, and The Wearer of Segovia.