Juan Ruiz

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Ruiz, Juan

 

(nicknamed Archpriest of Hita). Born 1283 in Alcalá de Henares(?); died circa 1350. Spanish poet.

Ruiz wrote the narrative poem Book of Sweet Love (1343), which showed him to be a forerunner of Renaissance literature in Spain. The work is written in the form of an autobiographical story about amorous adventures, illustrated by fables, parables, and allegories. A conflict between asceticism and sensuality underlies the entire work. Ruiz depicted Spanish society soberly and satirically and created brilliant character types.

WORKS

Libro de buen amor [vols.] 1–2. Madrid [1963].
In Russian translation:
From “Kniga o dobroi liubvi.” In Ten’ derev’ev: Stikhi zarubezhnykh poetovvper. I. Erenburga. Moscow, 1969.

REFERENCES

Smirnov, A. Srednevekovaia literatura Ispanii. Leningrad, 1969.
Gariano, C. El mundo poético de Juan Ruiz. Madrid [1968]. (Bibliography on pp. 241–58.) A. L.
References in periodicals archive ?
Guadalajara, Mexico; AACHE, with Patronato Arcipreste de Hita, Asociacion Tecnica de Carreteras; 1996.
6) The Libro de buen amor exemplifies the main danger of choosing otherwise, as Professor Alan Deyermond once pointed out to me in conversation: see `De lo que acontescio al Arcipreste con Ferrand Garcia, un mensajero', stanzas 115-20, in Arcipreste de Hita, Libro de buen amor, ed.
Al igual que en su dia hiciera el Arcipreste de Hita en su Libro de Buen Amor, Aguilar avisa de que la informacion que se nos da, no esta hecha para ser imitada, sino para aprender con los horrorosos ejemplos presentados (160) durante en el "mas infausto viaje que en muchos siglos se han visto" (244).
Zahareas, The Art of Juan Ruiz, Arcipreste de Hita (Madrid, 1965); G.