Alemán, Mateo

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Alemán, Mateo

(mätā`ō älāmän`), 1547–1614?, Spanish novelist, b. Seville. Alemán studied medicine and practiced accounting. He led a turbulent life, was sent to jail twice for his debts, and at the age of 60 found refuge in Mexico. The first part of his picaresque novel, Guzmán de Alfarache, was published in 1599 and the second part in 1604. Written with moralizing overtones, the novel presents a valuable picture of contemporary life and a view of mankind as corrupt but salvable through divine grace. James Mabbe translated it into English as The Rogue; or, The Life of Guzmán de Alfarache (1922).
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Desde el punto de vista fonematico la Ortografia castellana es la propuesta teorico-practica mas radical del siglo XVII, al grado de que el mismo Gonzalo Correas no puede menos que admitir lo siguiente en su Ortografia kastellana nueva i perfeta de 1630: "Mateo Aleman despues de largos diskursos i razones con que persuade a desechar lo viexo, ke todo haze mucho por mi, propone este su abege de treinta letras" (5).
In 1599, Mateo Aleman published the first part of his novel Guzman de Alfarache--the second part would appear in 1604.
Writers on the Market: Consuming Literature in Early Seventeenth-Century Spain explores the influence that the emerging phenomenon of cultural consumerism had on the works of three canonical writers of the Spanish Golden Age: Lope de Vega, Mateo Aleman, and Cervantes.
He offers detailed commentary on Guzman de Alfarache, in which Mateo Aleman articulates burlas and veras through a narrative strategy that makes the narrator condemn from the perspective of a reformed sinner the hoaxes and tricks that he perpetrated during his disreputable life as a picaro.