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Title : The Wonder-Working Magician

By De La Barca, Pedro Calderon

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Title: Title : The Wonder-Working Magician  
Author: De La Barca, Pedro Calderon
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Introduction: Two of the dramas contained in this volume are the most celebrated of all Calderon?s writings. The first, ?La Vida es Sueno,? has been translated into many languages and performed with success on almost every stage in Europe but that of England. So late as the winter of 1866-7, in a Russian version, it drew crowded houses to the great theatre of Moscow; while a few years earlier, as if to give a signal proof of the reality of its title, and that Life was indeed a Dream, the Queen of Sweden expired in the theatre of Stockholm during the performance of ?La Vida es Sueno? In England the play has been much studied for its literary value and the exceeding beauty and lyrical sweetness of some passages; but with the exception of a version by John Oxenford published in ?The Monthly Magazine? for 1842, which being in blank verse does not represent the form of the original, no complete translation into English has been attempted. Some scenes translated with considerable elegance in the metre of the ori

 

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