GOLDEN AGE PROSE
 



 

El Cortesano by Castiglione,
translated by Boscn

   Spanish Golden Age Prose has been seen as the model for castilian syntax almost from its beginning.
 
   Spanish language was already described in its own Grammar and did assimilate classical greek and roman literature together with the last italian literary fashions.
 
   Golden Age represents a flexible interval that includes the best years of 16th and 17th centuries.
   At this time Spain plays an important role, as it is the authority of a first force in both, America and Europe.

Don Quixote de la Mancha
   Nevertheless, daily reality was far from official one. Between the voices that claims against it we choose those of Lazarillo's author who names the violence done against him. The voice of Cervantes judges spanish decadence with a cynical sense of humour. Last not least, Quevedo, acts or evades from it writting satires or reading stoic philosophy.
 
   Liveliness and variety of geners makes difficult a strict chronological exposition. In spite of this, we have tried to reflect literary reality, as could have been seen by a witness in this age.

Letters of relation by Hernan Cortes, 1523

Álamos de Barrientos
Spanish Tacitus
Illustrated with Sentences
   Anyway, we have made an effort in order to keep in a single page the work of an author who produced it between two centuries, as we can see in Cervantes, Quevedo or Saavedra Fajardo.
 
   An introduction to Golden Age is necessary, but we prefer paying attention to the concret works rather than to the general historical frame.
 
   We finish these lines pointing to the difficulty for selecting the most important ideological and doctrinal works in this age. Criticisms to our point of view will be approved. We only beg our illustrated reader's sympathy.
 16TH CENTURY: RENAISSANCE
 CERVANTES
  • LIFE OF MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
  • LA GALATEA, EXEMPLARY NOVELS AND WORKS OF PERSILES AND SIGISMUNDA
  • THE WITTY HIDALGO DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA
  • THE WITTY CAVALIER DON QUIXOTE DE LA MANCHA
 17TH CENTURY: BAROQUE
  • FICTION NARRATIVE PROSE IN FELIPE III AGE
  • FICTION NARRATIVE PROSE IN FELIPE IV AGE
  • PROSE BY FRANCISCO DE QUEVEDO
  • IDEOLOGICAL PROSE IN 17TH CENTURY: BALTASAR GRACIAN

D.Miguel Pérez Rosado.
Ph.D.in Philology