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Beaumarchais in Seville: An Intermezzo

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In 1764-65 the irrepressible playwright Beaumarchais traveled to Madrid, where he immersed himself in the life and society of the day. Inspired by the places he had seen and the people he had met, Beaumarchais returned home to create The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, plays that became the basis for the operas by Rossini and Mozart that continue to delight a ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published January 24th 2007 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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Larry Hostetler
Jul 14, 2015 Larry Hostetler rated it liked it
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Would actually give this 3.5 stars, were it an option.

An interesting book, it concentrated on the part of Beaumarchais' life when he was in Madrid, and provided great insight into life in that place and time. I especially appreciated what seemed to be attention to historical accuracy while providing a narrative that maintained my interest.

A short book, an easy read, but it seemed that in order to make it longer too many pages were given to trying to identify those from Beaumarchais' life who wer
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Chaz
Oct 25, 2010 Chaz rated it really liked it
Eye-opening account of the lasting effect Carlos III 's Spain left on the young Beaumarchais...founding experiences 15 years before writing the Figaro Plays.

Also important as a resource of daily living in that Madrid and Spain of the 18th Century: under an enlightened despot, cafe society inside homes, walled in discussion of all things. The Church was still a purveyor of abuse and tyranny.
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Dec 15, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it
Fun story of the author of the plays Barber of Seville and Marriage of Figaro and his two years in Spain. He sounds a lot like Figaro.
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Hugh Swynnerton Thomas, Baron Thomas of Swynnerton, is a British historian and Hispanist.

Thomas was educated at Sherborne School in Dorset before taking a BA in 1953 at Queens' College, Cambridge. He also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. His 1961 book The Spanish Civil War won the Somerset Maugham Award for 1962. A significantly revised and enlarged third edition was published in 1977. Cuba, or t
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