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Spanish Golden Age Plays: The Duchess of Amalfi's Steward, The Capulets and Montagues, Cleopatra
     

Spanish Golden Age Plays: The Duchess of Amalfi's Steward, The Capulets and Montagues, Cleopatra

by Lope de Vega, Francisco de Rojas Zorilla, Gwynne Edwards
 

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Three classic Spanish plays, made famous by Shakespeare and Webster

Two of the most famous and successful playwrights of Spain's Golden Age of playwriting were Lope de Vega (1562-1635) and Rojas Zorrilla (1607-48). From their prodigious output, the three plays in this volume, based on similar sources to Shakespeare's and Webster's versions, provide a fascinating

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Three classic Spanish plays, made famous by Shakespeare and Webster

Two of the most famous and successful playwrights of Spain's Golden Age of playwriting were Lope de Vega (1562-1635) and Rojas Zorrilla (1607-48). From their prodigious output, the three plays in this volume, based on similar sources to Shakespeare's and Webster's versions, provide a fascinating comparison with their Jacobean counterparts.

Lope's The Duchess of Amalfi's Steward, in contrast to Webster's play, focuses on the nobility of love, with characters who are complex and appealing. His Romeo-and-Juliet story, The Capulets and Montagues, is a fast-moving mixture of serious and comic, with an ending that will surprise and entertain.

Rojas' treatment of Cleopatra, with its rich imagery, emphasises the love theme, held within a knot of jealous relationships.

A full introduction by Gwynne Edwards sets the plays in context and provides a thorough study of the individual works.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413774750
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/01/2005
Series:
Play Anthologies Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.79(d)

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Meet the Author

Lope de Vega was born two years before William Shakespeare and wrote over 1,800 dramatic works before taking Holy Orders at the age of fifty-two. Rojas Zorilla was born in Toledo in 1607 and wrote mainly for the court theatres in Madrid. Particularly known for his tragedies, he was murdered in 1648. Gwynne Edwards is one of Britain's most prolific translators of literature from Spanish, which includes his acclaimed editions of the plays of Lorca (also published by Methuen)

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