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Marcelino Menéndez y Pelayo (1856–1912)

Menendez y Pelayo, Marcelino (mā-nen’deth ē pā-lä’yo). A Spanish scholar, historian, and poet; born at Santander, 1856; died in 1912. He was professor of Spanish literature at the University of Madrid, and one of the most brilliant writers of modern Spain. His ‘History of Spanish Heterodoxy’ (3 vols., 1880–81), in which he defended the Inquisition, and declared against modern liberalism and science, has excited much discussion. Other prose works are: ‘Spanish Science’ (1877); ‘Calderón and his Plays’ (1881); ‘History of Æsthetic Ideas in Spain’ (1883–91). His best poetry is contained in ‘Odes, Epistles, and Tragedies’ (1883). His last work is ‘Origin of the Novel’ (1905). (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).