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Lope de Vega
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    (November 25, 1562-August 27, 1635)
    Born in Madrid, Spain
    Birth name was Felix Lope de Vega y Carpio
    Wrote 3 novels, 4 novellas, 9 epic poems, 3000 sonnets and 1800 plays
    Only about 450 of his plays survived.
    He never let his two marriages or his joining the priesthood interfere with his womanizing.
    His attacks on the family of one of his ex-lovers got him jailed for libel, then exiled for eight years.
    His last words, after being assured that the end was near, were 'All right then, I'll say it: Dante makes me sick.'
    He survived serving in the Spanish Armada.
    His son Lope died in a shipwreck.
    He wrote 'The Lovelorn Forest,' considered the first Spanish opera.
    He is considered second only to Miguel de Cervantes in Spanish literature.

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