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This play is an example of a sacred allegorical work common in Spanish dramatic literature. Its subject is John Francis Regis, a seventeenth century French Jesuit priest who was canonized for his work with the sick and poor.

This sacred drama seems to depict the early medieval legend of Saint Julian the Hospitaller. As relayed in the "Golden Legend", or Lives of the Saints, he was tricked or bewitched into killing his parents. The distraught Julian was forgiven by Jesus…

"Which is better, confessed or confessor?" This religious play portrays two famous sixteenth century Christian saints, John of the Cross and Teresa of Ávila. Together they founded the Discalced (barefoot) Carmelites, an ascetic order that survives…

"The Most Harsh Mistress, and the Friendship Already Dead" may be the only extant play by Don Gonzalez de Ulloa y Sandoval. It is the only work listed under that name in numerous catalogs, including those of the British Library and the Hispanic…

This "military play in three acts", as most obedient figures would, clearly recommends the filial over the fraternal mode of love. Note the publisher's suggestion that it is easy to perform in private homes, requiring only seven single men to fill…

Title

Comedias Sueltas Collection

Description

Plays of the Spanish Golden Age were published in collection (parte) or separately (suelta). The suelta (lit. “loose”) format consisted of a single play printed in a small pamphlet, although many were later bound into collected volumes. Queens College's collection of comedias sueltas consists of 153 plays, many of which are not found in major bibliographies.

Subject

Spanish drama--Classical period, 1500-1700
Chapbooks, Spanish
Comedia

Creator

Szmuk, Szilvia E.
Ramer, Richard C.

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1720-1825

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Language

Spanish