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Tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea

  • 'La Celestina'. National Classical Theatre Company © Ministerio de Cultura

    'La Celestina'. National Classical Theatre Company © Ministerio de Cultura






Original title

Comedia de Calisto y Melibea

The supreme classic of Spanish literature which marked the start of the Golden Age

First published in 1499, 'La Celestina' has became a classic of the Spanish Golden Age. The specialists have attributed the authorship of practically the whole of the text to the scholar Fernando de Rojas, although the authorship of some additional fragments is still a matter of doubt. The piece is halfway between narrative and dramatic literature. It narrates the love affair between two young people from different social backgrounds, Calisto and Melibea, and the help they receive from a matchmaker, La Celestina, to consummate their love.
There are two versions of the work, both substantially different. The 'Comedy of Calisto and Melibea' was published first in 1499 and has 16 acts. The second version, 'The tragicomedy of Calisto and Melibea', appeared in 1502 and had 21 acts.


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