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Los Amantes de Teruel - Drama Refundido en Cuatro Actos en Verso y Prosa

Los Amantes de Teruel Drama en cuatro actos en verso y prosa
[Ilustración:
JUAN EUGENIO HARTZENBUSCH
]
Heath's Modern Language Series
LOS AMANTES DE TERUEL
POR
JUAN EUGENIO HARTZENBUSCH
WITH INTRODUCTION, NOTES, AND VOCABULARY
BY
G.W. UMPHREY, PH.D.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ROMANCE LANGUAGES UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
1920.
PREFACE
The importance of Hartzenbusch in the history of the Spanish drama andthe enduring popularity in
Spain of
Los Amantes de Teruel
, hismasterpiece, have assured this play a definite place in the work ofadvanced students of Spanish
literature in our universities. For suchstudents the many editions published in Spain and elsewhere
have beenperhaps sufficient, but for the much larger number who never reach theadvanced literary
classes an annotated edition is needed. That this playoffers excellent material for the work of more
elementary courses in theschools and colleges has long been the opinion of the present editor;and that
it has not already found a place among the Spanish textspublished in this country is difficult to
understand. The old legend ofTeruel, the embodiment of pure and constant love, is one that might
wellbe expected to make a strong appeal to the youth of any country; thesimple and direct presentation
given to the legend by Hartzenbusch andthe comparative freedom from textual difficulties, as the result
of thecareful revisions of the play by its scholarly author, bring it withinthe range of the understanding
and appreciation of students who havestudied Spanish one year in college or two years in high school,
if itis put before them in a properly prepared edition.
The editor has kept in mind this class of students in the preparation ofthe Introduction, Notes, and
Vocabulary. To those who consider theIntroduction disproportionately long, the excuse is given that this
willbe the first Romantic play read by many students, and that if they areto understand it and appreciate its
fine literary qualities, they mustbe enabled to view it in its proper historical perspective. It is to behoped
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