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Scholar, costumbrista, bibliophile, and Arabist, born in Málaga, S Spain. He studied law in Granada, and later held influential positions in the nation, including those of state councillor and senator. His early writings were signed ‘Safinio’, but later he adopted the pseudonym ‘El Solitario’. His first book, Poesías del Solitario (1831), consisted mainly of satirical verses, though his best poem is an elegy on the death of the Duquesa de Frías. He contributed to Cartas españolas (1831–2) and the Escenas andaluzas (1847) which made his reputation as an enthusiastic regional writer midway between the plain, sentimental writing of Ramón de Mesonero Romanos and the more bitter social satire of Luis Mariano de Larra. He composed an unfinished history De la conquista y pérdida de Portugal (2 vols, 1885) and an unsatisfactory historical novel, Cristianos y moriscos: leyenda lastimosa (1838).

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