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Más Vale Maña Que Fuerza

Teatro de ensueño,
Benavente's
Elpríncipe que todo lo aprendió en los libros,
Benavente's
Los intereses creados,
Tamayoy Baus's
Más vale maña que fuerza.
1918
PREFACE
No apology need be offered for the introduction to American schools ofanother selection from the works of
so eminent a dramatist as ManuelTamayo y Baus (1829-1898).
The
proverbio
here presented, while one of his less pretentious works,was produced when Tamayo was at the prime
of his dramatic power andpopularity, and well exemplifies his consummate skill in the teaching of
amoral lesson by the ingenious and artistic handling of a situation chosenfrom the commonplaces of
everyday life.
Más vale maña que fuerza
was first presented at the Teatro de laZarzuela in Madrid, November 26, 1866, less than six months
before theinitial appearance on the same stage, May 4, 1867, of the author'smasterpiece,
Un drama nuevo
.
The situation treated in
Más vale maña que fuerza
was suggested by a
one-act French comedy entitled
La diplomatie du ménage
, by Mme. Caroline
Berton, which was first given at the Théâtre Français, January 6, 1852.
Otherwise, Tamayo's work is entirely original.
With the exception of orthographic changes made in conformity with thelatest rules of the Royal
Spanish Academy, the text is that of the fourthvolume of
Obras de D. Manuel Tamayo y Baus
, published by the Sucesoresde Rivadeneyra, Madrid, 1900.
The piece is well adapted for reading in the second year of high school,or in the latter part of the first year
course in college, aftercompletion of selections in an easy Spanish reader.
C.E.C.
CONTENTS
MÁS VALE MAÑA QUE FUERZA
EXERCISES IN COMPOSITION
VOCABULARY
MÁS VALE MAÑA QUE FUERZA
PERSONAJES
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