The Golden Age Author:Norris Houghton Many streams of thought and action swept across Europe during the Renaissance, marking the birth of the modern. The period was characterized by the establishment of the scientific method, the rise of free inquiry, the growth of commerce, and the beginnings of a industry and geographical exploration. In the arts and literature, Greek antiquity wa... more »s rediscovered and was reflected in the drama by reassertion of the diginity and the value of human life, the beauty of nature, and the joy of living. The plays written in this era of intellectual and artistic fervor remain today examples of supreme theatre.
The Sheep Well
Lope de Verga's enduring social cricitism and class conflict, often considered the first of the "prolatarian" dramas. Translated by Angel Flores.
Life is a Dream
Caldron's vigorous and brilliant study of reality and illusion. Translated by Edward and Elizabeth Huberman.
Corneille's romantic tragedy of duty and desire, based on the adventure of Spain's legendary hero. Translated by James Schevill.
Racine's classical story of doomed passion, hailed as the greatest work of the master dramatist. Translated by Robert Lowell.
Moliere's incomparable comedy of manners which exposes the frivolity of his time. Translated by Richard Wilbur.« less