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Rooted in the medieval ballad tradition and recounted to the author by a Spanish goatherd, The Three-Cornered Hat relates a madcap series of romantic misadventures. The basis of Manuel de Falla's popular ballet of the same name, it appears here with Captain Poison, a witty "taming-of-the-shrew" tale. Original Spanish with English translation.
Paperback, 271 pages
Published March 12th 2002 by Dover Publications (first published 1881)
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Julian Meynell
I did not read this edition, but instead read a book that has these two stories and three short stories. Alarcon is an interesting author. He is almost great but somehow isn't. His style is very light and he has a love of people despite their foibles. His books are filled with a wistfulness for a past that he can see is deeply flawed and their are canny and clever bits of writing. For instance, at one point while describing the period in which The Three-Cornered Hat is set he refers to ...more
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Pedro Antonio de Alarcón y Ariza was a 19th century Spanish novelist, author of the novel El Sombrero de Tres Picos (The Three-Cornered Hat, 1874). The story is an adaptation of a popular tradition and provides a lively picture of village life in Alarcón's native region of Andalusia. It was the basis for Hugo Wolf's opera Der Corregidor (1897) and Manuel de Falla's ballet The Three-Cornered Hat ...more