Life Is A Dream

Life Is A Dream

by Pedro Calderon de la Barca
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Life Is A Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Pedro Calderón de la Barca was a dramatist of the Spanish Golden Age, which occurred in the 1600's. Calderon was educated in a Jesuit college with plans to become a priest, but instead he studied law. Over two decades he wrote 70 secular plays for the commercial theatre. Life is a Dream is a three act play considered to be the best work by Calderon. It has been translated into English more than a dozen times in recent times. A polish prince is imprisoned by his father, because a prophecy says that the boy would one day endanger the kingdom. The translator has produced an excellent English translation keeping the poetic quality of the Spanish language in tact.

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ISBN-13: 9781605976099
Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/08/2008
Pages: 76
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Pedro Calderon de la Barca was born in Madrid, January 17, 1600, of good family. He was educated at the Jesuit College in Madrid and at the University of Salamanca; and a doubtful tradition says that he began to write plays at the age of thirteen. His literary activity was interrupted for ten years, 1625-1635, by military service in Italy and the Low Countries, and again for a year or more in Catalonia. In 1637 he became a Knight of the Order of Santiago, and in 1651 he entered the priesthood, rising to the dignity of Superior of the Brotherhood of San Pedro in Madrid. He held various offices in the court of Philip IV, who rewarded his services with pensions, and had his plays produced with great splendor. He died May 5, 1681.
At the time when Calderon began to compose for the stage, the Spanish drama was at its height. Lope de Vega, the most prolific and, with Calderon, the greatest, of Spanish dramatists, was still alive; and by his applause gave encouragement to the beginner whose fame was to rival his own. The national type of drama which Lope had established was maintained in its essential characteristics by Calderon, and he produced abundant specimens of all its varieties. Of regular plays he has left a hundred and twenty; of "Autos Sacramentales," the peculiar Spanish allegorical development of the medieval mystery, we have seventy-three; besides a considerable number of farces.

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