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  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557830061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557830067
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Got Out of Dixie Alive on May 14, 2011
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When I entered college in 1971, this anthology, first published in 1959, was a godsend. At the time it was published, the plays in it were either unavailable in English translations or available in far less readable, much older ones. The translations of Calderon plays by Edwin Honig, and of Lope de Vega by Jill Booty, were not published until two years after this volume, as Mermaid dramabooks, so for two good years the only translations of Fuenteovejuna or Life Is a Dream anybody would care to read in English were in this volume. Whether there's been a better translation of The Siege of Numantia or The Trickster of Seville since 1959, I have no idea.

This volume was one of four called The Classic Theatre, and it was a considerably helpful publishing undertaking, consisting of Italian Renaissance plays, French neoclassical plays, German neoclassical plays, and these. The books were available as mass-market paperbacks, too, that either a poor student or a thirsty lay reader could afford to lay hands on. It was an important series, and one more reason why Eric Bentley, for a number of years, was an international treasure and a boon to the English speaking world's cultural memory of its European dramatic heritage.

Bentley not only managed to lay hands upon new translations by the South African poet Roy Campbell, he had to edit their final form after Campbell's untimely death in 1957. Campbell was a poet admired by Eliot and the Sitwells, and an enthusiastic scholar of Spanish, whose reputation was damaged by his admiration for Franco. Even now, his translations are readable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gentle reader on January 9, 2008
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I purchased this volume when looking for English translations of Spanish Golden Age Plays for a Comparative Literature course I was designing. These translations are just horrible. Not only is the verse of the Spanish rendered as doggerel in English, but the translations are so off the mark that they change the meaning of dialogue and even alter plot developments! So very, very bad, and sad that this great body of literature is being turned to trash by irresponsible translations and editions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Wright on July 15, 2008
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Bentley offers a great reference to old plays from Italy, Spain, and France, and is a good place to start. Yes, the translations may not be the best, but unless you study the language in depth, this is a good translation for generic English use.
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By Xenia Beckford on October 31, 2014
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Very interesting and easy to read.
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