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INVENTORY OF THE PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA COLLECTION, 1763-1796
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Description
This collection includes over 50 published scripts of comedia plays written by De Don Pedro Calderon De La Barca, one of Spain’s greatest dramatists. While these plays were originally written in the 17th century, the collection contains 18th century publications from Spain. The 17th century Spanish comedia were adventure plays, full of action and imaginative places but also dealt with love affairs, issues of honor, and Spanish patriotism and traditions, praising the monarch as the hero of the people.
Background
The dramatist, poet, and writer Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño, known more often as Pedro Calderón de la Barca, was born in Madrid and lived from January 17, 1600 to May 25, 1681. Although educated at the Colegio Imperial, the Jesuit College in Madrid, he decided to study law instead of immediately joining the priesthood, although there is no evidence he ever practiced as a lawyer. Instead he found his calling as a writer first by winning several poetry contests and later with his first play: Amor, honor y poder, performed at the royal palace in June of 1623.
Extent
3 boxes 1 linear ft
Restrictions
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical materials and not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
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There are no access restrictions on this collection.