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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 -…

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…

"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…

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…

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

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…

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.
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