Dama Boba

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Bilingual Press, 1998 - Drama - 182 pages
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Drama. In Spanish and English, translated by William I. Oliver. Lope de Vega, the most renowned playwright of the Spanish Golden Age (sixteenth and seventeenth centuries), was said to have written over 1,800 plays in verse. His life outside letters was so filled with romantic escapades, marital infidelities, and political and artistic disputes that the lives of his heroes paled by comparison. LADY NITWIT/LA DAMA BOBA is a perceptive character study of a female scatterbrain made wise in the ways of the world through the power of love. The plot moves from one delightfully comic situation to another, evoking the contradictions encountered in the course of love. The dialogue sparkles with humor and repartee. The ear of the translator always has the actors' and spectators' interests in mind. The wit sparkles. The characterizations are true ... I hope I get to see a production of this translation on stage. It would be a delight! -- David Glitz, University of Rhode Island.

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Lope de Vega was born in Madrid, Spain on November 25, 1562. He was taught Latin and Castilian in 1572-1573 by the poet Vicente Espinel, and the following year he entered the Jesuit Imperial College, where he learned the rudiments of the humanities. He was the author of as many as 1,800 plays and several hundred shorter dramatic pieces. His plays include El Maestro de Danzar, Peribáñez y el Comendador de Ocaña, Fuente Ovejuna, El Caballero de Olmedo, and El Niño inocente de La Guardia. He died on August 27, 1635.

William I. Oliver (1926–1995), who grew up in the Republic of Panama, was Professor of Drama at the University of California at Berkeley.

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