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Vida Es Sueano

ISBN-10: 0486424731
ISBN-13: 9780486424736
Edition: 2002
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Description: Incorporating Calderon de la Barca's superb dramatic instincts, philosophical flair and extraordinary imagination, this drama involves Segismundo, a Polish prince, wrongly imprisoned by his own father who fears his son may harm him. Following a  More...

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List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/6/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704

Incorporating Calderon de la Barca's superb dramatic instincts, philosophical flair and extraordinary imagination, this drama involves Segismundo, a Polish prince, wrongly imprisoned by his own father who fears his son may harm him. Following a revolution Segismundo is liberated and proclaimed king by the people.

Pedro Calderon de la Barca (1600-81) was a soldier, a priest and a prolific writer. He wrote more than 120 plays and over 70 autos sacramentales, or allegorical religious plays with subjects from mythology and the Old and the New Testaments. He was born in Spain and educated at a Jesuit college in Madrid. When he was in his thirties, he became the foremost dramatist of the time in Spain. He was popular both with the public and with King Philip IV, who first made him a knight of the order of Santiago and later, in 1663, chaplain of honor. One of his best known plays is La Vida es Sueno (Life Is a Dream, 1635), the story of a prince who has been kept a prisoner all his life because of a prophecy that he will conquer his father. When the king drugs him and brings him to court to test the prophecy, the prince becomes so frenzied, he is returned to prison and convinced that the experience was a dream. When he is later released, he is confused about what is real, but ultimately, because he has learned to control his passions, his father cedes him the crown. Other memorable works include El Alcalde de Zalamea (1643) and El Magico Prodigioso (1637).

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