El principe constante

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 24, 2013 - Drama - 104 pages
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First published in 1957 as part of the Cambridge Plain Texts series, this volume is the second edition of a 1938 original. The book contains the original Spanish text of El príncipe constante, together with a short editorial introduction in English. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the writings of Calderón and Spanish literature.
 

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Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
6
Section 3
29
Section 4
34
Section 5
37
Section 6
61
Section 7
63
Section 8
65
Section 9
68
Section 10
85
Section 11
89
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Pedro Calderón de la Barca was born in Madrid, Spain on January 17, 1600. He was educated at the Jesuit College in Madrid. He was a dramatist, poet and writer of the Spanish Golden Age. He wrote more than 120 plays and over 70 allegorical religious plays with subjects from mythology and the Old and the New Testaments. Calderón's debut as a playwright was Amor, Honor y Poder, performed at the Royal Palace. His other plays include La Selva Confusa, Los Macabeos, El Magico Prodigioso, El Alcalde de Zalamea, La Vida Es Sueno, and La Estatua de Prometeo. Calderón gained popularity in the court, and was made a knight of the order of Santiago by Philip IV, who had already commissioned from him a series of plays for the royal theatre in the Buen Retiro palace. Calderón became a tertiary of the order of St Francis in 1650, and then finally joined the priesthood. He was ordained in 1651, and became a priest at San Salvador at Madrid. He was appointed honorary chaplain to Philip IV in 1663, and continued as chaplain to his successor. In his eighty-first year he wrote his last secular play, Hado y Divisa de Leonido y Marfisa, in honor of Charles II's marriage to Maria Luisa of Orléans. He died on May 25, 1681.

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