"El mágico prodigioso," by Pedro Calderón de la Barca, edited by Michael J. McGrath
The Golden Age scholar Bruce Wardropper described El mágico prodigioso as “worthy of taking its place among the great Spanish plays—such as Lope de Vega’s Fuenteovejuna and Calderón’s own Life Is a Dream” and “a perfect example of Calderón’s dramatic art.”
Calderón's sympathetic protagonist, Cipriano, is a young man with a love of learning, not unlike many seventeenth-century students. As a student of philosophy, Cipriano is too astute to be deceived intellectually by the Devil; instead, the Devil appeals to Cipriano’s emotions by offering him the love of the woman he most desires.
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