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About the Author: Fernando de Rojas

Fernando De Rojas was a Castilian author about whom little information is known.

Fernando de Rojas is known for writing La Celestina (originally titled Tragicomedia de Calisto y Melibea) in 1499. It describes a tragic love affair, and is seen as the beginning of Spain's literary Renaissance. Although the work was published anonymously, the author revealed his name and famous birthplace in an acrostic code at the beginning of the second edition in the year 1500. No other work is known by him, nor is he mentioned by any of his contemporaries.


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Paperback, Published in Dec 2010 by Castalia Didáctica

ISBN10: | ISBN13: 9788497403801

Page count: 571

The racy and irreverent Spanish tragicomedy that is considered the first European novel -- in a spirited new translation

A Spanish Romeo and Juliet, Celestina was published in 1499 and became Spain's first-ever bestseller. Readers thrilled to the salty character of Celestina and her world of prostitutes and black magic even as they mourned the fate of Calisto and Melibea, the young lovers she unites using her wiles as a seller of perfumes and potions. Fernando de Rojas's exhilarating mix of street wit, obscenity, and cultured rhetoric mark Celestina as a masterpiece: an original, explosive, genre-defying work that paved the way for the picaresque novel and for Cervantes.

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