Pedro Calderón de la Barca: El médico de su honra [The Surgeon of His Honor]

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Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) is, alongside Lope de Vega (1562-1635), Spain’s most important classical playwright. In line with the European baroque in general, neither Golden Age playwrights nor audiences held originality, at least in the modern sense of the world, at a premium. A clear precedent to Calderón’s El médico de su honra is a homonymous play attributed to Lope which depicts the same basic scenario but contains fewer narrative and thematic strands. The exact date of composition for Calderón’s definitive version has not been ascertained with any degree of certainty, but it is thought to have emerged during the first decade of his writing career. This was an eclectic and productive period in which the young p…

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Wheeler, Duncan . "El médico de su honra". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 August 2011
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