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Ricardo Palma (1833 - 1919) was a Peruvian author, scholar, and librarian. His magnum opus is the Tradiciones Peruanas .
Young Ricardo Palma became a naval officer, a journalist, and a politician before gaining a reputation as a historian with his book on the Spanish Inquisition operating in the viceroyalty of Peru . He served as director of the National Library of Peru for many years until his death in 1919. Palma successfully took on the task of rebuilding the National Library after it was ransacked by the occupation forces of the Chilean army in 1881 following the battle of ...
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