Rojas Zorrilla, Francisco de

Rojas Zorrilla, Francisco de

(fränthē`skō dā rō`häs thôrē`lyä), 1607–48, Spanish dramatist. He created a new type of comedia de gracioso, enlarging the role of the gracioso, or buffoon, to include a variety of fools taken from real life. Of the 40 to 45 plays attributed to him, the best known is the drama of honor Del rey abajo ninguno [none beneath the king] (1650). Rojas Zorrilla's plots were borrowed by others, including Corneille and Le Sage.
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