Masterpieces of Modern Spanish Drama: The Great Galeoto, the Duchess of San Quentin, Daniela

Masterpieces of Modern Spanish Drama: The Great Galeoto, the Duchess of San Quentin, Daniela

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Masterpieces of Modern Spanish Drama: The Great Galeoto, the Duchess of San Quentin, Daniela

Masterpieces of Modern Spanish Drama: The Great Galeoto, the Duchess of San Quentin, Daniela

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The drama of Spain, early and modern, has in Englishspeaking countries been sadly neglected. It is a regrettable fact that one of the most gorgeous and passionate outbursts of national dramatic genius has received but scant attention from English readers. Cervantes’ name is at least not unknown to the great mass of readers in every language, but to the majority of English and Americans, Lope de Vega, Tirso de Molina, and Calderon—to mention only the greatest of dozens of dramatists of the time—are a closed book. About fifteen Calderon plays are available in some form in English translation or adaptation, only two or three of Lope and, to my knowledge, not one of Tirso. of the eighteenth century lesser lights I should venture to say that there is in English no translation. the case is the same with the dramatists of the early nineteenth century, if we except one or two notable translations and studies, like that recently issued by the Hispanic Society (a translation of Un nuevo drama). and yet this period saw a rebirth of the national spirit in the drama unequalled in any other country save France.

The modern drama in Spain is somewhat better known, and bids fair to receive even better treatment than it has already received. Echegaray is represented by six or seven of his most typical plays, the translations of which range from very bad to excellent; Galdós by three; Guimerá by two; Benavente by two—though a volume of five has been announced. There remains, however, a vast field as yet

Translated by John Garrett Underhill and published by Charles Scribner’s Sons.

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