Tamayo y Baus, Manuel (mänwĕlˈ tämäˈyō ē bous) [key], 1829–98, Spanish dramatist. Born into a family of actors, Tamayo became one of the most popular and versatile Spanish playwrights of the 19th cent. Among his many successful plays are the historical Locura de amor [the madness of love] (1855) and his tragic masterpiece, Un drama nuevo (1867; tr. A New Drama, 1915). In his contemporary thesis dramas he wrote of social problems.
See biography by G. C. Flynn (1973).
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