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Life Is A Dream
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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LIFE IS A DREAM 

by PEDRO CALDERON DE LA BARCA 

Translated by
Edward Fitzgerald 

INTRODUCTORY NOTE 

Pedro Calderon de la Barca was born in Madrid, January 17, 1600, of
good family.  He was educated at the Jesuit College in Madrid and at
the University of Salamanca; and a doubtful tradition says that he
began to write plays at the age of thirteen.  His literary activity was
interrupted for ten years, 1625-1635, by military service in Italy and
the Low Countries, and again for a year or more in Catalonia.  In 1637
he became a Knight of the Order of Santiago, and in 1651 he entered
the priesthood, rising to the dignity of Superior of the Brotherhood
of San Pedro in Madrid.  He held various offices in the court of Philip
IV, who rewarded his services with pensions, and had his plays

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