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LUCAS FERNANDEZ

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Originally appearing in Volume V10, Page 279 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LUCAS FERNANDEZ, Spanish dramatist, was born at Salamanca about the middle of the 15th century. Nothing is known of his life, and he is represented by a single volume of plays, Farsas y eglogas al modo y estilo pastoril (1514). In his secular pieces—a comedia and two farsas—he introduces few personages, employs the simplest possible action, and burlesques the language of the uneducated class; the secular and devout elements are skilfully intermingled in his two Farsas del nascimiento de Nuestro Senor Jesucristo. But the best of his dramatic essays is the Auto de la PasiOn, a devout play intended to be given on Maundy Thursday. It is written in the manner of Encina, with less spontaneity, but with a sombre force to which Encina scarcely attained. Fernandez' plays were reprinted by the Spanish Academy in 1867.
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