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Three Spanish Golden Age Plays free pdf Three classic Spanish plays, made famous by Shakespeare and Webster Two of the most famous and successful playwrights of Spain's Golden Age of playwriting were Lope de Vega (1562-1635) and Rojas Zorrilla (1607-48). From their prodigious output, the three plays in this volume, based on similar sources to Shakespeare's and Webster's versions, provide a fascinating comparison with their Jacobean counterparts. Lope's The Duchess of Amalfi's Steward, in contrast to Webster's play, focuses on the nobility of love, with characters who are complex and appealing. His Romeo-and-Juliet story, The Capulets and Montagues, is a fast-moving mixture of serious and comic, with an ending that will surprise and entertain. Rojas' treatment of Cleopatra, with its rich imagery, emphasises the love theme, held within a knot of jealous relationships. A full introduction by Gwynne Edwards sets the plays in context and provides a thorough study of the individual works.

About Lope de Vega

Lope de Vega (1562-1635) was Spain's first great playwright. The most prolific dramatist in the history of the theatre, he is believed to have written some 1500 plays of which about 470 survive. He established the conventions for the Spanish comedia in the last decade of the 16th century, influenced the development of the zarzuela, and wrote numerous autosacramentales. He is regarded as the founder of the Spanish commercial theatre and the most influential writer of Spain's Golden Age. In his New Art of Writing Plays (c. 1609), Lope analysed the essentials of drama and admitted that he played to the popular taste. "I allow myself to be borne along in the vulgar current," he wrote, "wherefore Italy and France call me ignorant." His personal life was as flamboyant as his dramas. The son of an embroiderer, he took part in the conquest of Terceira in the Azores (1583) and sailed with the Armada in 1588, an event that inspired his epic poem La Dragentea (1597), which attacks Drake and England. He was also known for his passionate love affairs, which continued after he became a priest in 1614 and created a great scandal. Lope wrote initially for Madrid's open-air theatres and subsequently for the royal court, drawing his subject matter from history and chivalric legend, peasant life, and biblical and mythological stories. His lyrical verse plays, most of which have happy endings, are noted for their dramatic action, use of suspense, and lively and natural dialogue. Many were based on the conflict of love and honour. Among his many notable works are Fuenteovejuna (c. 1614) in which villagers murder their tyrannous feudal lord and are saved by the king's intervention, and El castigo sin venganza, in which a licentious duke maintains his public reputation by killing his adulterous wife and her illegitimate son. Francisco de Rojas Zorilla was born in Toledo on 4 October 1067, when Lope de Vega was 45 years old and an experienced and successful dramatist. In comparison, Rojas is less well known than Lope, the equivalent perhaps of Webster to de Vega's Shakespeare. The eldest son of a naval officer, Rojas probably received his university education at the prestigious University of Salamanca, after which he returned to Madrid and concentrated on writing for the theatre. By 1632, when he was 25, he had already gained a reputation, particularly as a court dramatist. Even at the beginning of his career he was collaborating with the most successful dramatists of his day, including Calderon, Luis Velez de Guevara, Perez de Montalban, and Antonio Coello. His principal works are Del rey abajo ninguno and No hay padre siendo rey. He died at the age of 41 in 1648, possibly as a result of foul play. Gwynne Edwards is a specialist in Spanish theatre and cinema and, until recently, Professor of Spanish at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales. His books include: Lorca: The Theatre Beneath the Sand- Lorca: Living in the Theatre- Dramatists in Perspective: Spanish Theatre in the Twentieth Century- The Discreet Art of Luis Bunuel- and Almodovar: Labyrinths of Passion. He has also translated and adapted more than forty plays from Spanish, French and Italian, many of which have been staged at major theatres in Britain and the United States. He has published three collections of Lorca's plays with Methuen Drama, together with student editions of Blood Wedding and The House of Bernarda Alba, and also collections of seventeenth-century Spanish and contemporary Spanish-American plays adapted from the correspondence and prose writings of Dylan Thomas.

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Author : Lope de Vega
Publisher : Methuen Drama
Data Published : 24 February 2005
ISBN : 1408150425
EAN : 9781408150429
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 224 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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