Continental Drama: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XXVI (in 51 Volumes)
by Pedro Caldern De La Barca (9781616401153)

Continental Drama: The Five Foot Shelf of Classics, Vol. XXVI (in 51 Volumes)
 
Pedro Caldern De La Barca
Release Date: 01 February 2010
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 480
Category: Composition & Creative Writing
Publisher: Cosimo Classics
ISBN: 9781616401153
ISBN-10: 161640115X



Author names not noted above: Jean Racine, Molire, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich von Schiller Originally published between 1909 and 1917 under the name "Harvard Classics," this stupendous 51-volume set-a collection of the greatest writings from literature, philosophy, history, and mythology-was assembled by American academic CHARLES WILLIAM ELIOT (1834-1926), Harvard University's longest-serving president. Also known as "Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf," it represented Eliot's belief that a basic liberal education could be gleaned by reading from an anthology of works that could fit on five feet of bookshelf. Volume XXVI features the six 17th- and 18th-century plays that have most influenced Western European literature and culture: Life Is a Dream, by Spanish dramatist PEDRO CALDERN DE LA BARCA (1600-1681), his 1635 allegory debating free will and fate Polyeucte, by French playwright and father of French tragedy PIERRE CORNEILLE (1606-1684), his 1642 drama based on the life of the martyr Saint Polyeuctus Phdre, by French dramatist JEAN RACINE (1639-1699), his 1677 tragedy from Greek mythology Tartuffe, by the French comic master Jean-Baptiste Poquelin (1622-1673), aka MOLIRE, his 1664 masterpiece about hypocrisy Minna von Barnhelm, by German playwright GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING (1729-1781), a groundbreaking comedy Wilhelm Tell, by German author FRIEDRICH VON SCHILLER (1759-1805), a tragedy of the Swiss fight for independence in the 14th century.

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