Pedro Calderón de la Barca

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Pedro Calderón de la Barca

El purgatorio de San Patricio

Hispanic Studies Textual Research and Criticism (TRAC)


May 1st, 1988

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This is a critical edition of this play by Calderon, based primarily on the text of the "primera parte" of 1635, but also taking into account three other 17th-century printed editions and a scribal manuscript in the Biblioteca Nacional of Madrid. The relationship between these texts is discussed in the introduction, which also deals with the source of the legend of Saint Patrick's purgatory. The introduction also considers the literary sources of the play, notably "Vida y Purgatorio de San Patricio", the date of composition, versification, and the ways in which the the play has been staged.

Author Information

José María Ruano de la Haza is Académico Correspondiente de la Real Academia Española and Professor Emeritus, University of Ottawa.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
I Introduction9
1 The Autograph Manuscript11
2 The Printed Editions up to the End of the Seventeenth Century, together with Some Notes on the More Important Eighteenth-Century Printings23
3 The Transmission of the Text39
4 The Actors55
5 A Critical Study of La desdicha de la voz71
6 Table of Versification105
7 The Present Edition107
Notes to the Introduction110
II La Desdicha de la Voz123
Primera Jornada125
Segunda Jornada158
Tercera Jornada195
III Notes225
Calderón’s Alterations to the Autograph Manuscript227
Variants in the Printed Editions up to the End of the Seventeenth Century265
Notes on the Play291
IV Bibliography305