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Three Major Plays: Fuente Ovejuna/The Kight from Olmedo/Punishment Without Revenge
Lope de Vega (1562-1635), widely regarded as the architect of the drama of the Spanish Golden Age, created plots and characters notable for their energy, inventiveness, and dramatic power. This unique edition includes his most famous play, Fuente Ovejuna, as well as The Knight from Olmedo and Punishment without Revenge. Presented here in superb translation, these plays emb...more
Paperback, 300 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published May 6th 1740)
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Appendix B: The Aristocratic Age (Harold Bloom's Western Canon)
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A little too easy to read - I suspect that a lot of the poetry of the original Spanish was diluted down in this translation. It affects the first two plays - "Fuente Ovejuna" and "The Knight from Olmedo" - the most, making them lack the emotional depth or punch that they otherwise might have. "Punishment Without Revenge" is still really good (I feel like the translator puts more effort into saving the poetry in the longer soliloquies and in the interactions between the duchess and her stepson),...more
This is a very bland modern translation that strips all poetry and musicality out of de Vega's language. I found it difficult to get much pleasure out of the versions of the plays in this collection. And the book has a surprising number of typos - 'chose' for 'choose,' 'its' for 'it's,' etc. I've been unimpressed with the quality of paper and especially the cover material of recent Oxford paperbacks, but usually it seems like the content is at least better prepared and edited.
i read Fuente ovejuna, which is based on a true story. This is the only translation i have read, and it was rather comedic, though the story is a dramatic one. I was reminded of Shakespeare a little bit, what with the dirty jokes and puns. I enjoyed it, i'd like to read another translation.
Lope de Vega (also Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio or Lope Félix de Vega Carpio) was a Spanish Baroque playwright and poet. His reputation in the world of Spanish letters is second only to that of Cervantes, while the sheer volume of his literary output is unequalled: he is estimated to have written up to 1,500 three-act plays – of which some 425 have survived until the modern day – together with a pl...moreMore about Lope de Vega...