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This book opens a window on a forgotten and glorious time---the life of colonial Mexico. Here is the color of that era in a mosaic of life—a worldly ambitious archbishop, a beautiful nun-poetess, a Creole scholar torn between faith and scientific learning, poetasters, inquisitors—and in the background, the first glimmers of Mexican nationalism. Baroque in its intricate pattern of caste and custom, rich with silver pouring from its mines, the feudal society of Old Mexico lives in this account of a vanished time.
I. A Baroque Archbishop-Viceroy 1
II. The Baroque Age 21
III. A Baroque Society 37
IV. Literary Migrants 53
V. Scenes, Writers, and Reading, 1620 70
VI. The Strange Case of the Curious Book Collector 85
VII. The Inquisition and a Play 99
VIII. A Mascarada 117
IX. Tournaments of Poetasters 130
X. Some Curiosities of Baroque Verse 145
XI. On the Book Trade, 1683 157
XII. A Baroque Poetess 172
XIII. A Baroque Scholar 193
XIV. A Summing Up 215
A Brief Bibliography 145