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Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Spanish dramatist (1600-1681)

1600   -   1681

movement: Baroque literature
genre: poetry, theatre, comedy
country of citizenship: Spain
native language: Early Modern Spanish
language of expression: Spanish
educated at: University of Salamanca, Complutense University, Colegio Imperial de Madrid
occupation: playwright, poet, military personnel, priest
position held: chaplain

Pedro Calderón de la Barca y Barreda González de Henao Ruiz de Blasco y Riaño (17 January 1600 – 25 May 1681), usually referred as Pedro Calderón de la Barca (UK: , US: ; Spanish: [ˈpeðɾo kaldeˈɾon de la ˈβaɾka]), was a dramatist, poet, writer and a knight of the Order of Santiago, known primarily for being one of the most distinguished Baroque writers of the Spanish Golden Age, especially for its theater. During certain periods of his life he served as soldier and a Roman Catholic priest. Born when the Spanish Golden Age theatre was being defined by Lope de Vega, he developed it further, his work being regarded as the culmination of the Spanish Baroque theatre. As such, he is regarded as one of Spain's foremost dramatists and one of the finest playwrights of world literature.
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