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Lope de Vega

  • 'Lope de Vega' Anonymous portrait © Casa Museo Lope de Vega, Madrid. Dirección General de Archivos, Museos y Bibliotecas. Vicepresidencia, Consejería de Cultura y Deporte y Portavocía del Gobierno. Comunidad de Madrid. Real Academia Española

    'Lope de Vega' Anonymous portrait © Casa Museo Lope de Vega, Madrid. Dirección General de Archivos, Museos y Bibliotecas. Vicepresidencia, Consejería de Cultura y Deporte y Portavocía del Gobierno. Comunidad de Madrid. Real Academia Española

  

Speciality

Literature, Theatre

 

 

Date of birth

Nov 25, 1562

Date of death

1635
  


" Poet, writer and playwright. The greatest example, alongside Tirso and Calderón, of Spanish Baroque theatre. He was one of the great lyricists of the Spanish language and author of many novels."

Félix Lope de Vega y Carpio was born in Madrid in 1562. He was taught by Vicente Espinel. He studied with the Jesuits and went to the University of Alcalá de Henares (1577). He is considered to be a chronicler of life which he reflected in an almost autobiographical work. He was outlawed from Madrid and the Kingdom of Castile (1587) due to unrequited love. His fortunes and misfortunes are linked to his irrepressible taste for women and literature. In 1609 he revolutionised Spanish theatre with The New Art of Writing Plays. Sacred Verses (1614) is one of the summits of lyrical Spanish and universal poetry. He wrote over 400 plays. He died in Madrid in 1635.

Essential works

  • “El castigo sin venganza”. National Classical Theatre Company © Ministerio de Cultura

    Justice without revenge

    A tragedy by Lope de Vega, with which he recovered his popularity, despite it being represented only once.

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  • 'Fuenteovejuna'. National Classical Theatre Company © Ministerio de Cultura

    Fuenteovejuna

    A play by Lope de Vega, which tells the story of the uprising of ordinary people against the abuses of their feudal lord.

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    The Arcadia

    Novela pastoril de Lope de Vega en la que esconde su faceta poética, a la manera de Jacopo Sannazaro o Jorge de Montemayor.

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  • 'The Stupid Lady' © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    The Stupid Lady

    Very modern play by Lope de Vega which criticises the role of women of his time.

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  • Daza codex. Madrid © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Daza codex

    This work by Lope de Vega is written in a notebook, of which the last 96 pages are bound upside down.

    Spanish National Library (Madrid)

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Other highlighted works

  • The New Art of Writing Plays
  • Peribáñez and the Commander of Ocaña
  • The Discreet Love
  • The Knight from Olmedo
  • The Gardener’s Dog
  • The Villain in His Corner
  • The Good Guardian
  • The Nightingale
  • Sacred Verses

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