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Calderon de la Barca, Pedro

Born: 1600 AD
Died: 1681 AD, at 81 years of age.

Nationality: Spanish
Categories: Dramatist, Playwrights, Poets


1600 - Born in Madrid, Spain, on the 17th of January.


Educated at the Jesuit College in Madrid, the Colegio Imperial.


1620-1622 - Calderón competed with success in a series of poetry competitions held in honour of St Isidore at Madrid.


1623 - His debut as a playwright was with Amor, honor y poder, performed on the 29th of June.


       - Followed by two other plays, La selva confusa and Los Macabeos.


1640 - On 28th of May, he joined a company of mounted cuirassiers.


1642 - Because of his health problem, he retired from the army in November.


1645 - He was awarded a special military pension in recognition of his services in the field.


Wrote plays "Life is a Dream" (also "La Vida es Sueno").


1681 - Pedro Calderón de la Barca died on 25th of May.





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