Don Pedro Calderón

Don Pedro Calderón

  • £14.99
  • Save £73

Don W. Cruickshank
Cambridge University Press, 10/29/2009
EAN 9780521765152, ISBN10: 0521765153

Hardcover, 494 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 2.9 cm
Language: English

Don Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600–81) is Spain's most important early modern dramatist. His varied career as a playwright, courtier, soldier and priest placed him at the heart of Spanish culture, and he reflected on contemporary events in his plays, most famously La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream). In this scholarly biography of Calderón in English, Don Cruickshank uses his command of the archival sources and his unparalleled understanding of Calderón's work to chart his life and his political, literary and religious contexts. In addition, the book includes much fresh research into Calderón's writings and their attributions. This elegant, erudite work will bring Calderón to a new audience both within and beyond Spanish studies. With illustrations, extensive notes and a detailed index, this is the most comprehensive English-language book on Calderón, and it will long remain the key work of reference on this important author.

Note on measurements, currency, translations and dates
1. The birthplace
Madrid in 1600
2. The family background
3. Childhood and early adolescence
4. A turning-point
5. A talent discovered by accident
6. Letters, not arms
7. Blasphemy, sacrilege and lèse-majesté
8. Lessons for controlling personalities
9. Only poetry, not precious stones
10. Taking over from Lope
11. Knight of Santiago
12. Discordant voices
13. The storm gathers
14. War and disillusionment
15. A time to mourn
16. Beginning to recover
the glories of the world
Calderón's dramatic works

'This book will be a must-read for students and scholars of early modern Spanish theatre and literature, and for early modern scholars in general. It is a superb work of scholarship, one that I cannot praise too highly.' Edward H. Friedman, Vanderbilt University