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Pedro Calderón de La Barca

(1600–81), Spanish dramatist, successor to Lope de Vega. He wrote about 200 plays, the best of them dating from between 1625 and 1640. After being ordained priest in 1651 he ... ...

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)

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... De La Barca, Pedro ( 1600–81 ) The great Spanish dramatist and successor of Lope de Vega Carpio, born in Madrid where he was educated by the Jesuits. He later studied at Alcalá de Henares and Salamanca. After a turbulent early life he was ordained priest in 1651 ; he enjoyed royal favour, and in 1663 became chaplain to the king. He wrote some 120 plays—tragedies, comedies of manners, histories, philosophical dramas—and, in later life, more than 70 highly regarded autos sacramentales , allegorical religious plays with subjects from mythology...

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The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre (2 ed.)

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... de la Barca, Pedro ( 1600–81 ), Spanish dramatist, successor to Lope de Vega . He wrote about 200 plays, the best of them dating from between 1625 and 1640 . After being ordained priest in 1651 he wrote mainly autos sacramentales , which presented the abstract ideas of Catholic theology with intense lyricism and excellent stagecraft, and spectacle-plays for the Court theatre at Buen Retiro, with which he had been associated since its inception under Philip IV . The best known of his early religious plays are La cena del rey Baltasar (...

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The Oxford Companion to Theatre and Performance

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... de la Barca, Pedro ( 1600–81 ) Spanish dramatist . Born in Madrid, and destined for the Church by his authoritarian father, he studied with the Jesuits in Alcalá and Salamanca, but refused in 1621 to become a priest. He saw his first plays performed in the next few years, and by the mid-1630s he was the dramatist most favoured by the court (and the leading writer of * autos sacramentales ), and in 1637 was made a Knight of Santiago. Having served and been wounded in Catalonia, he wrote far less in the 1640s (when the theatres were often closed),...

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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... de la Barca, Pedro ( 1600–81 ) Spanish dramatist. Born in Madrid, and destined for the Church by his authoritarian father, he studied with the Jesuits and at university in Alcalá and Salamanca, but refused in 1621 to become a priest. He saw his first plays performed in the next few years, and probably wrote more in the 1620s than was previously supposed; three famous works date from 1629 , and an early version of La vida es sueño ( Life Is a Dream ) now appears to have been written by then. By the mid-1630s he was the dramatist most favoured by the...

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0Pedro0de0La0Barca Pedro Calderón de La Barca 1600 – 81 Spanish dramatist and poet Cuando amor no es locura no es amor. When love is not madness, it is not love. El Mayor Monstruo Los Celos [ Jealousy, the Greatest Monster ] (1637) act 1 Toda la vida es sueño, y los sueños, sueños son. All life is a dream, and dreams are dreams. La Vida es Sueño (1636) ‘Segunda Jornada’ l. 2187 All life is a dream All life is a ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Pedro0de0La0Barca Pedro Calderón de La Barca 1600 – 81 Spanish dramatist and poet Cuando amor no es locura no es amor. When love is not madness, it is not love. El Mayor Monstruo Los Celos [Jealousy, the Greatest Monster] (1637) act 1 love is not madness love is not madness …Aun en sueños no se pierde el hacer bien. Even in dreams good works are not wasted. La Vida es Sueño (1636) ‘Segunda Jornada’ l. 2146 Aun en sueños Even in dreams good works are not wasted ¿Qué es la vida? Un frenesí. ¿Qué es la vida? Una ilusión, una sombra, una...

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A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (3 ed.)

... De La Barca, Pedro ( 1600–1681 ) Spanish dramatist Belshazzar's Feast [ La cena del rey Baltasar ] ( 1632 ) Drama Life is a Dream [ La vida es sueño ] ( 1635 ) Drama Physician to His Own Honour [ El médico de su honra ] ( 1635 ) Drama Secret Vengeance for Secret Insult [ A secreto agravio secreta venganza ] ( 1636 ) Drama The Wonder-Working Magician [ El mágico prodigioso ] ( 1637 ) Drama The Great Theatre of the World [ El gran teatro del mundo ] ( 1645–50 ) Drama The Mayor of Zalamea [ El Alcalde de Zalamea ] ( circa 1643 ) ...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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Pedro Calderón de La Barca

Pedro Calderón de La Barca  

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(1600–81),Spanish dramatist, successor to Lope de Vega. He wrote about 200 plays, the best of them dating from between 1625 and 1640. After being ordained priest in 1651 he ...
Guillermo Schmidhuber de la Mora

Guillermo Schmidhuber de la Mora  

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(1943– )Mexican playwright and scholar. An early success was the award-winning The Heirs of Segismundo (1980), about imaginary beings descended from Calderón's hero in Life Is a Dream. In 1987 ...
Héctor Noguera

Héctor Noguera  

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(1938– )Chilean actor and director, one of the most accomplished figures of his generation. He taught at the Theatre School of the Catholic University of Chile and founded and directed ...
Antonio de Prado

Antonio de Prado  

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(c.1594–1651)Spanish actor-manager. Closely associated with major dramatists like Lope de Vega and Calderón, he was himself an outstanding performer. The important company he led from about 1622 ...
Mayor of Zalamea

Mayor of Zalamea  

AT: The Best Garrotting Ever Done A: Pedro Calderón de la Barca Pf: 1636, Madrid? Pb: 1651 Tr: 1959 G: Drama in 3 acts; Spanish verse S: The town of Zalamea, Spain, and its environs, near the ...
Great Theatre of the World

Great Theatre of the World  

AT: The Great World-Theatre; The Great Stage of the World A: Pedro Calderón de la Barca Pf: c.1633–5, Madrid Pb: 1655 Tr: 1856 G: Auto sacramental in 1 act; Spanish verse S: The World, indeterminate ...
Life Is a Dream

Life Is a Dream  

AT: Life's a Dream; Such Stuff as Dreams Are Made of A: Pedro Calderón de la Barca Pf: 1635, Madrid Pb: 1636 Tr: 1865 G: Drama in 3 acts; Spanish verse S: The court of Poland, a nearby fortress, and ...
Antonio Mira de Amescua

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(c.1574–1644)Spanish dramatist, active and highly regarded from c.1600 to 1632. An exuberant but somewhat erratic disciple of Lope de Vega, he nevertheless foreshadowed Calderón. His plays, though ...

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