Vélez de Guevara, Luis

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Vélez de Guevara, Luis

(lo͞oēs` vā`lāth thā gāvä`rä), 1579?–1644, Spanish playwright and novelist. He was a follower of Lope de Vega and wrote many popular plays noted for their poetic quality. Among these the most important are La luna de la sierra [the mountain moon] and Reinar después de morir [to reign after death]. His well-received romance of roguery, El diablo cojuelo [the limping devil] (1641), was widely imitated and was adapted by Le Sage as Le Diable boiteux. Despite lifelong poverty, he was a joyous, vigorous man.

Vélez De Guevara, Luis


Born Aug. 26, 1578, in Ecija; died Nov. 10, 1645, in Madrid. Spanish writer.

A follower of Lope F. de Vega Carpió, Vêlez de Guevara wrote about 400 dramas. Of these, about 80 have been preserved, including plays on historical themes (King Before Kin, Tamerlane, and others) and on biblical themes. In the play The Peasant Girl From Vera, he condemns the violence of the feudal lords against the people. His picaresque novel The Lame Devil (1641; Russian translation, 1964), satirically portraying Spanish life, influenced A. R. Lesage.


[Plays], in the series Biblioteca de autores españoles,vol. 65. Madrid, 1858.
El diablo cojuelo,2nd ed. Madrid, 1960.
In Russian translation:
Khromoi bes.[Foreword by L. Pinskii. Moscow, 1964.]


Pérez y Gonzáles, F. El Diablo Cojuelo: Notas y comentarios.Madrid, 1903.
Spencer, F. E., and R. Schevill. The Dramatic Works ofL. Vêlez deGuevara.Berkeley, 1937.