Pedro Calderòn de la Barca

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Pedro Calderón de la Barca.

Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Henao (January 17, 1600May 25, 1681), was a dramatist of the Spanish Golden Age.

Calderón was born in Madrid. His mother, who was of Flemish descent, died in 1610; his father, who was secretary to the treasury, died in 1615. Calderón was educated at the Jesuit College in Madrid, the Colegio Imperial, with a view to taking orders; but instead, he studied law at Salamanca.

Selected Works[change | change source]

  • El médico de su honra (The Surgeon of his Honour)
  • La vida es sueño (Life is a Dream)
  • El Alcalde de Zalamea (The Mayor of Zalamea)
  • La Dama duende (The Phantom Lady)
  • Casa con dos puertas (The House with Two Doors)
  • El Mágico prodigioso (The Mighty Magician)
  • La Devoción de la Cruz (Devotion to the Cross)
  • El Gran Teatro del mundo (The Great Theatre of the World)
  • El Gran Mercado del mundo (The World is a Fair)
  • El Pintor de su deshonra (The Painter of His Dishonour)
  • El Prodigio de Alemania (The Prodigy of Germany) (in collaboration with Antonio Coello)