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Lost 400-year-old work of Spanish playwright found in Madrid

Published on Jan 22, 2014 9:25 PM

MADRID (AFP) - A lost 400-year-old unpublished romantic comedy by the great Spanish Golden Age playwright Felix Lope de Vega has been discovered in Spain's national library, officials announced Wednesday.

A 17th century manuscript of the play, Mujeres y Criados (Women and Servants), was identified within the Spanish National Library's archives by Mr Alejandro Garcia Reidy, member of a Lope de Vega research group at the Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, library and university officials said.

Never published before, the 56-page work can be seen online here http: and is to be staged later this year by the Fundacion Siglo de Oro (Golden Age Foundation) for the first time since it was written in 1613-14.

The play, written by Mr Lope de Vega during the peak of his theatrical success, tells the story of two sisters in Madrid, Violante and Luciana and their secret lovers Claridan and Teodoro, one a waiter and the other a secretary to a certain Count Prospero.

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