Wednesday, April 22, 2009

1600 to 1699: Fuenteovejuna to The Wild Goose Chase.

Lope de Vega. Spanish. 1619. Play. Fuenteovejuna. Lascivious officer violates a peasant girl. The town rises up to kill him. It is asserted that the town, not individuals, killed him.

Francis Bacon. British. 1620. Nonfiction. Novum Organum. In Latin. Statement of the inductive methods. Results of experience studied. General conclusion reached. Different from the syllogistic method.

Lope de Vega. Spanish. 1620.Play. El major alcalde el rey (The King, the Greatest Alcalde). Feudal lord steals the loved one of a peasant. The king supports the peasant and the lord is executed.

Robert Burton. British. 1621. Nonfiction. The Anatomy of Melancholy. Organized as a medical treatise. Morbid mental states. Notable utterances on the human condition. From Milton onward, pillaged by authors.

John Fletcher. British. 1621. Play. The Wild Goose Chase. Beautiful woman resorts to several ruses in order to gain the love of the rakish Mirabel.

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