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The Celestina (1499)

by Fernando de Rojas

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A timeless story of love, morality, and tragedy, Fernando de Rojas's Celestina is a classic of Spanish literature. Second only to Don Quixote in its cultural importance, Rojas's dramatic dialogue presents the elaborate tale of a star-crossed courtship between the young nobleman Calisto and the beautiful maiden Melibea in fifteenth-century Spain. Their unforgettable saga plays out in vibrant exchanges, presented here in a brilliant new translation by award-winning translator Margaret Sayers Peden. After a chance encounter with Melibea leaves Calisto entranced by her charms, he enlists the services of Celestina, an aged prostitute, madam, and procuress, to arrange another meeting. She promptly seizes control of the affair, guiding it through a series of mishaps before it meets its tragic end. At times a comic character and at others a self-assertive promoter of women's sexual license, Celestina is an inimitable personality with a surprisingly modern consciousness, certain to be relished by a new generation of readers.… (more)
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rojas, Fernando deprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bush, PeterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Díaz-Mas, PalomaEd. lit.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fries, F.R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Goytisolo, JuanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hartmann, EgonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mabbe, JamesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mota, CarlosEd. lit.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruiz Arzalluz, ÍñigoEd. lit.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schalk, Fritz.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serés, GuillermoEd. lit.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vries, Henk deTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The vast impact of Don Quixote on the thought and literature of the world has created the impression that it was the only great book ever to come out of Spain. (Preface)
Calisto: In this, Melibea, I see the goodness of God!
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A timeless story of love, morality, and tragedy, Fernando de Rojas's Celestina is a classic of Spanish literature. Second only to Don Quixote in its cultural importance, Rojas's dramatic dialogue presents the elaborate tale of a star-crossed courtship between the young nobleman Calisto and the beautiful maiden Melibea in fifteenth-century Spain. Their unforgettable saga plays out in vibrant exchanges, presented here in a brilliant new translation by award-winning translator Margaret Sayers Peden. After a chance encounter with Melibea leaves Calisto entranced by her charms, he enlists the services of Celestina, an aged prostitute, madam, and procuress, to arrange another meeting. She promptly seizes control of the affair, guiding it through a series of mishaps before it meets its tragic end. At times a comic character and at others a self-assertive promoter of women's sexual license, Celestina is an inimitable personality with a surprisingly modern consciousness, certain to be relished by a new generation of readers.

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