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Enlargement of woodcut stamp on the title sheet of the play Acrisolar el Dolor, which has a separate entry on this site. Woodcut printing methods became increasingly rare into the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Revolutionary-era French playwright Antoine Lemierre began his career with this drama about the Greek mythological figure Hypermnestra. In the midst of an internecine struggle for the rule of Egypt, she and her 49 sisters were forcibly wedded to…

Translated from the play of the same name by the great French playwright Jean Racine, this historical tragedy tells of the betrayal of King Mithridates VI. Remembered as the greatest ruler of the Greco-Persian state Pontus, he was eventually bested…

This play concerns David, the second king of Israel, and Michal, his wife. Their relationship was a complicated one, Michal being forced to lead her husband to safety when Saul, her father and the first king, attempted to have him killed. She was…

This comedia by the famed Calderon de la Barca pits mythical figures of classical Greece against those of early medieval Europe. The play's heroes are twin brothers Prometheus and Epimetheus, titans who together were responsible for creating and…

By the time this suelta was published in the late 18th century, Lope de Vega's "comedia nueva" was no longer new. However, it could still be easily distinguished from plays of antiquity - namely, it was less beholden to formal structural rules and…

"Despise What You Want" is one of many plays by the prolific Perez de Montalvan, a student of Lope de Vega. Some critics believe he was too derivative of his master, for which his reputation has diminished. (Selections - full volume available from…

This "new, burlesque, and gracious" comedia has the inauspicious title of The Risen Dead. (Selections - full volume available from Queens College Archives)

This work by the leading playwright of Spanish Golden Age drama is one of his better known; it is a love comedy with a plot involving a fake doctor. Nine of his plays are represented in the Queens College collection of comedias sueltas. (Selections -…

Printed in 1791, this suelta represents the play Hannibal (here described as an "original lyric scene"), as it was performed in the city of Cádiz on December 3, 1788. The lead actor is identified as one Luis Navarro of the Compañia Comica…
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