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Bulletin Of The Comediantes Vol. XXIV Spring, 1972 No. 1 ANGEL VALBUENA PRAT, OUR SECOND HONORARY MEMBER Jack H. Parker, University of Toronto At the December 28, 1971, meeting in Chicago, the Comediantes unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed the report of the Committee on Honorary Members: that Angel Valbuena Prat should forthwith be elected an honorary member of the group. We welcome Don Angel with open arms as a most distinguished scholar and fellow-comediante. Angel Valbuena Prat was born in Barcelona, on April 6, 1900. From early years, his critical talents, of highest quality, took a very special interest in Calderón de la Barca. His doctoral dissertation (published in Revue Hispanique , LXI, 1924, pp. 1-302), written for the University of Madrid, dealt with the autos and won the Fastenrath prize of the Real Academia Española. This thesis, the forerunner of many important studies to follow, initiated new trends of scholarship and a new evaluation of the dramatist. Valbuena Prat was the catedrático of literature at the Universidad de La Laguna at the age of 25; after that he served at the universities of Barcelona and Murcia, before transferring to the Universidad de Madrid as a professor of Spanish letters. He has lectured widely, on many aspects of Spain's culture , in many countries, in many cities, and in many colleges. An early example of his service abroad was a two year period (1933-1935) as Lecturer at Cambridge University, England. Many Comediantes remember with great appreciation D. Angel's year ( 1950-1951 ) at the University of Wisconsin, at which time he participated in our December 28, 1950, New York meeting: "It was now noon, and — to paraphrase Cervantes — the Comediantes went to Bonat 's for luncheon, accompanied by their jubilant spirits and two distinguished guests, the aforementioned speaker of the morning [Thornton Wilder] and Angel Valbuena Prat. (To further identify the latter would be gratuitous and impertinent.)" [Ramon Rozzell, BCom, III, 1, April, 1951, p. 1] The Comediantes present on that occasion were much taken by the charm and wisdom of the visitor from Spain, and that visitor went home much impressed by Comedia activity in North America, to judge by reports by him, later in 1951, in ClavAleño. A perusal of the bibliographies of BCom, of Warren McCready's Bibliograf ía temática, of Spanish 3's bibliographies of Lope de Vega and Calder ón, in North America, and of bibliographies published abroad, such as Simón Diaz's, are sufficient to show clearly Angel Valbuena Prat's fifty-year career of fruitful critical activity. His most recent publications reveal themselves to be in the realm of synthesis, an example being (in addition to the earlier Historia de L· literatura española and the Historia del teatro español) 1969's El teatro español en su Siglo de Oro. World honors have been pouring upon Angel Valbuena Prat; from his being named an Officer d'Académie in 1934 to his Corresponding Membership in the Hispanic Society of America, 1961, for example. The Calderón bibliography prepared by the Research Committee of Spanish 3, MLA, in 1971, paid frequent and special tribute to Angel Valbuena Prat's high achievements , and, in closing, toasted his future welfare. AU we Comediantes join with Hispanic teachers and scholars on all continents to proclaim our esteem for an outstanding fellowworker , now elected to a post of honor among us. UN NUEVO SEUDÓNIMO DE LOPE Y EXPLICACIÓN DE OTRO Rafael Osuna, University of North Carolina Es muy conocido el hecho de que Lope gustaba esconderse tras los personajes de sus obras; a veces el personaje llena toda la acción, como es el caso del Fernando de La Dorotea, aunque las más sólo hace una aparición fugaz. Los enmascarados Lopes no sólo asoman en sus comedias, sino también en sus libros en prosa, sus poemas épicos y su lírica mayor y menor. Si el seudónimo de Belardo es el más conocido , no es éste el único; S. G. Morley dejó compilada una larga lista de ellos en su ya clásico trabajo "The Pseudonyms and Literary Disguises of...

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ISSN
1944-0928
Print ISSN
0007-5108
Pages
pp. 1-2
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-08
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