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Bartolomé de Torres Naharro

Torres Naharro, Bartolomé de (bärtōlōmāˈ ħā tôˈrās nä-äˈrō) [key], fl. 1531, Spanish dramatist and lyric poet, b. Extremadura. As a young man he went to Italy and became a priest. Greatly influenced by the Italian Renaissance, he is considered the originator of the modern Spanish secular theater. He is known for his Propaladia (1517), a collection of eight plays and a prologue; the prologue is the first theoretical exposition of dramatic precepts for the Spanish stage.

See his Propaladia and Other Works, ed. by J. E. Gillet (4 vol., 1943–61).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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