Calderon, the Courtier by Edward Bulwer Lytton

Автор: andrey4444. Опубликовано в Эдуард Бульвер-Литтон

It was midnight, in the chapel of the convent. The moonlight shone with exceeding lustre through the tall casements and lit into a ghastly semblance of life the marble images of saint and martyr, that threw their long shadows over the consecrated floor. Nothing could well be conceived more dreary, solemn, and sepulchral, than that holy place: its dis-tainted and time-hallowed walls; the impenetrable mass of darkness that gathered into those recesses which the moonlight failed to reach; its antique and massive tombs, above which reclined the sculptured effigies of some departed patroness or abbess, who had exchanged a living grave for the Mansions of the Blest.

The Dramatic Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton

Автор: andrey4444. Опубликовано в Эдуард Бульвер-Литтон

The Dramatic Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton” contains the following plays: “The Lady of Lyons”, “The Sea-Captain”, “Money”, “The Duchess de la Valliere”, “Richelieu”, “Walpole”, “Not So Bad as We Seem”.
Bulwer-Lytton, in the history of English drama, is a much larger place than in the history of the English novel. Without it you can not get an idea about the English drama of the nineteenth century. Do not, of course, compare Bulwer with the luminaries of the British drama of other centuries, but for its time it was the only talented and close to great literature writer whose dramas were regularly staged on a professional stage and had lasting success.

Эдуард Бульвер-Литтон. Пьесы. Том 11

Автор: andrey4444. Опубликовано в Эдуард Бульвер-Литтон

В истории английской драмы Бульвер-Литтона занимает значительно большее место, чем в истории английского романа. Без него нельзя составить себе представление об английской драматургии девятнадцатого века. Не стоит, конечно, сравнивать Бульвера с корифеями английской драмы других веков, но для своего времени он был единственным талантливым и близким к большой литературе писателем, чьи драмы регулярно ставились на профессиональной сцене и имели длительный успех.
Пьеса "Лионская красавица, или Любовь и гордость" ("The Lady of Lyons; or Love and Pride") написана в 1838 г., в том же году поставлена на сцене лондонского театра Ковент-Гарден.
Драма "Ришелье, или Заговор" ("Richelieu; or, The Conspiracy") написана в 1839 г., поставлена в том же году на сцене лондонского театра Ковент-Гарден. Печатается сценический, сокращенный вариант пьесы. Перевод принадлежит поэту-переводчику П. А. Козлову (1841-1891).
Пьеса "Деньги" ("Money") написана в 1840 г., в том же году поставлена на сцене Лондонского театра Хеймаркет.
Пьеса "Мы не так плохи, как кажемся, или Различные стороны человеческого характера" ("Not So Bad As We Seem; or, Many Sides to a Character") написана в 1851 г. для труппы любителей, руководимой Чарльзом Диккенсом, и в том же году поставлена этой труппой в доме герцога Девонширского в Лондоне.
Пьеса "Дарнлей" ("Darnlay") не была закончена. Впервые поставлена в 1877 г. в Придворном театре, после того как третьесортный английский драматург, Коглан, дописал пятое действие.

The Parisians by Edward Bulwer Lytton

Автор: andrey4444. Опубликовано в Эдуард Бульвер-Литтон

Here is what was written by the author's son in a note to “The Parisians”:
“The Parisians” and “Kenelm Chillingly” were begun about the same time, and had their common origin in the same central idea. That idea first found fantastic expression in “The Coming Race;” and the three books, taken together, constitute a special group, distinctly apart from all the other works of their author.
The satire of his earlier novels is a protest against false social respectabilities; the humour of his later ones is a protest against the disrespect of social realities. By the first he sought to promote social sincerity and the free play of personal character; by the last, to encourage mutual charity and sympathy amongst all classes, on whose interrelation depends the character of society itself...

Leila or, the Siege of Granada by Edward Bulwer Lytton

Автор: andrey4444. Опубликовано в Эдуард Бульвер-Литтон

Leila, or The Siege of Granada is a historical romance novel written by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1838.
The novel is set in Granada, Spain in the Middle Ages — beginning in the summer of 1491. It was originally published in an expensive form, with many engraved illustrations. The preface to the 1860 edition explains that the novel has been less popular than his other works of fiction due to the prejudice against literary works that are thought to owe their value, in part, to the illustrations.
In Leila, as the double title suggests, there is a double storyline: the domestic story of the daughter (Leila) and the public story of the nation. Leila's father, Almamen, switches allegiances between Christian and Moor in what eventually becomes the famous Siege of Granada. Almamen attempts to guard his daughter's Jewish heritage by keeping her away from her Moorish lover, Muza. He inadvertently delivers her into the hands of the Christian monarchs, and Leila is subjected to the procedures of conversion by the queen's intermediary, Donna Inez. In the double story line, the conquest of Muslim Granada runs parallel to the conversion of the Jewish Leila. The characters meet at the altar of a convent in which Leila is about to take her vows as a nun, and her father kills her. The domestic plot parallels the Christianization of Spain.