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).