Calderón: Three Comedies by Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Pedro Calderón de la Barca
Copyright Date: 1985
Pages: 256
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    Book Description:

    This volume is a sequel toFour Comedies of Calderón(1980), which was hailed by reviewers as superb, faithful, and actable. The three comedies in the present volume are generally counted among Calderón's masterpieces:Casa con dos puertas mala es de guardar (A House with Two Doors Is Difficult to Guard);No hay burlas con el amor (No Trifling with Love);Mañanas de abril y mayo (Mornings of April and May). For the first time theaters will have the opportunity of staging these three masterpieces of the Golden Age drama of Spain in accurate and charming English versions. The verse used is flexible and musical, preserving the atmosphere and much of the poetic quality of the originals. An introduction deals with the characteristics of the plays and with the problems they pose for the translator. Concise explanatory notes clarify Golden Age dramatic practices.

    eISBN: 978-0-8131-6530-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-vi)
  3. Preface
    (pp. vii-xii)
  4. Introduction
    (pp. xiii-xlvi)

    Casa con dos puertas, Mañanas de abril y mayo, andNo hay burlas con el amorwere composed in the period 1629-1635, that is, in the early years of Calderón’s dramatic career, years during which he displayed a particular enthusiasm and developed a truly extraordinary aptitude for the genre of comedy.

    Critics agree thatCasa con dos puertas, though evidently not published until 1636,¹ was written in 1629, the same year asLa dama duende, the comedy which it strikingly resembles in basic dramatic situation, in types of conflict and confusion, and in stage devices: a brother, concerned for his...

  5. Casa con dos puertas mala es de guardar
    (pp. 1-70)
  6. Mañanas de abril y mayo
    (pp. 71-130)
  7. No hay burlas con el amor
    (pp. 131-190)
  8. Notes to the Plays
    (pp. 191-206)