Tres Comedias: Sin Querer, De Pequeñas Causas, Los Intereses Creados

Tres Comedias: Sin Querer, De Pequeñas Causas, Los Intereses Creados

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Tres Comedias: Sin Querer, De Pequeñas Causas, Los Intereses Creados

Tres Comedias: Sin Querer, De Pequeñas Causas, Los Intereses Creados

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The text of this edition is taken from Benavente's Teatro, Librería de los Sucesores de Hernando, Madrid; Sin querer comes from vol. 4, 2d ed., 1913; De pequeñas causas . . . from vol. 18, 1909; Los intereses creados from vol. 16, 4th ed., 1914. A few obvious misprints are corrected; accentuation is made to conform to the regulations in the 1914 edition of the Spanish Academy Dictionary; punctuation is unchanged. The text proper is complete except for two slight omissions from De pequeñas causas . . . , both of which are mentioned in the notes. Los intereses creados is chosen as one of the finest of Benavente's plays, and the one best suited to class use; the two shorter pieces are included to give an idea of the author's more normal manner. Although De pequeñas causas . . . was produced on the stage after Los intereses creados, it precedes it in this edition in order that the long play may stand at the end of the volume.

It is believed that these plays can be read to greatest advantage after students have had one year of Spanish. The Notes and Vocabulary have been prepared with that in mind, as much material as possible being placed in the Vocabulary rather than in the Notes. However, in the present dearth of good elementary texts, the book might be used toward the end of the first year; it is hoped that the vocabulary is adequate for such a purpose. The introduction aims to give as complete an account as space permits, of Benavente's dramatic career. Therefore, non-dramatic works, such as De sobremesa, are treated in much more summary fashion than they deserve.

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