Torres Naharro, Bartolomé de

Torres Naharro, Bartolomé de bärtōlōmā´ ᵺā tô´rās nä-ä´rō [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).

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