"A Companion to Lope de Vega" book
10 June 2019
In May, a paperback edition of Alexander Samson’s A Companion to Lope de Vega edited with Jonathan Thacker, was published by Tamesis. The book brings together essays by leading international scholars on the life and works of Lope de Vega Carpio, the ‘fénix de los ingenios’, or, as his rival Miguel de Cervantes dubbed him, ‘monstruo de la naturaleza’. Spain’s foremost Golden Age playwright excelled in all literary genres, including prose and poetry, all of which are covered here. The contributors evaluate current critical debates and issues in Lope de Vega studies, as well as providing new readings of key texts. It attempts to do justice to the variety, profusion and originality of Lope’s work, placing the writer and his output firmly in their historical context as well as assessing his reputation in literary history. The wide variety of critical perspectives found in the volume reflects the liveliness of the debate surrounding this enduringly popular figure whose drama has been enjoying a renaissance in theatres around the globe in the last decade. It is on sale at the (for an academic book) very reasonable price of £19.99. Further details are on the Boydell and Brewer website.