Don Pedro Calderón
Call Number: PQ 6300 .C78 2009
Publication Date: 2009
Don Pedro Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) 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 the first 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 work brings 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.
Contents: The birthplace : Madrid in 1600 -- The family background -- Childhood and early adolescence -- A turning-point -- A talent discovered by accident -- Letters, not arms -- Blasphemy, sacrilege and lèse-majesté -- Lessons for controlling personalities -- Only poetry, not precious stones -- Taking over from Lope -- Knight of Santiago -- Discordant voices -- The storm gathers -- War and disillusionment -- A time to mourn -- Beginning to recover -- Epilogue : the glories of the world.