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Ricardo Palma (1833–1919). Peruvian writer. Curator of the Peruvian National Library and founder of the Peruvian Academy (1887), Palma wrote poems and romantic plays. He is best known for his Tradiciones peruanas (Peruvian Traditions, 1872–1910), a series of fanciful sketches of the pageantry and intrigue of colonial Peru that draws on folktale, legend, and gossip, as well as historical material.