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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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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