Luis Vélez de Guevara (1 August – 10 November ) was a Spanish dramatist and However, Vélez de Guevara is most widely known as the author of El diablo cojuelo (, “The Lame Devil” or “The Crippled Devil”), Charles Dickens refers to El Diablo cojuelo in The Old Curiosity Shop, chapter thirty-three. El diablo cojuelo: Luis Vélez de Guevara: His fantastic satirical novel, El diablo cojuelo (; “The Crippled Devil”), became well-known from its adaptation by. Buy El Diablo Cojuelo Por Luis Velez de Guevara Primary Source ed. by Luis Velez De Guevara (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday .

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During his lifetime, he was highly celebrated by his literary peers; although his d as a writer increased with his participation in literary academies and poetry contests, his poor economic situation remained the same.

As further evidence of the widespread influence of The Limping Devil in English literature, we find Charles Dickens opening chapter 33 of his The Old Curiosity Shop in the following way: Digital edition based on C. After a side trip to a den of diabloo, the pair returns to the academy to address the assembled group.

The novel ends with a wonderfully executed burlesque scene in which everyone, the gimpy devil included, receives their just desserts.

After they rid themselves of these foreigners, they are visited by a company of actors. This is one of the few ds where the author does not strike a heavy satirical blow on society, perhaps in realization that his economic survival rests with this very group.

We encounter various groups of pretenders here as well, from lowly men and women contracted as footmen or squires by pretend-ladies, to those who take on false titles of nobility.

El Diablo Cojuelo by Luis Vélez de Guevara

Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes. In fact, only one dde after publication of Le diable boiteux an anonymously translated version appeared, entitled The Devil Upon Two Sticks The scribe goes to Hell, but is then released after he is forced to vomit the Limping Devil inside him. Throughout the novel, from the observations about actors, poets, the nobility and society in general, we are presented with a striking parody and a dark overview of the grotesque Spanish life of the time.


Nevertheless, even plays written in a largely comic vein such as the comedia de capa y espada cape and sword playshave graciosos that do not respond to a purely comic caricature. Tanto uno como otro se encuentran al inicio del relato al margen de su medio social.

Finally, the gimpy demon and his guevraa visit a literary academy in Seville, a milieu with which the author was well acquainted, since he presided over a burlesque academy called the Buen Retiro in As the motley crowd disappears, the devil and the student go on a sightseeing tour of Seville. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Luiss the course of this tale requires that we should become acquainted, somewhere hereabouts, with a few particulars connected with the domestic economy of Mr.

Undoubtedly, this is an aspect that must be taken into account when explaining his literary choices at all levels: The Devil buevara Crutches in England: Our purpose, then, is to finally bring this original Spanish work to light for English readers.

Luis Vélez de Guevara – Wikipedia

This acrid criticism of the different professions and social groups—their picaresque ways, misbehavior, misery, pretension, obsession with ethnic purity or with appearing to be of a higher social status reveals that maintaining appearances was a major concern of the period.

Then, on another street, the student and the devil come upon clothiers, who sell garments they removed from the exhumed bodies of the recently deceased.

Along these lines, Margarita Levisi has analyzed the interaction of novelistic and dramatic traits in this work: Lesage also turns the spirit into a combination of devil and Cupid who presides over several love affairs, both successful and disastrous. Another lurch and an inn later, the student and the gimpy devil find themselves defending the Spanish king before travelers from France, England, Italy, and Germany.

Dos notas sobre el haz y el. Other followers include thieves, astrologers, matchmakers, and madmen.

El diablo cojuelo | work by Vélez de Guevara |

He studied art at the University of Osuna, graduating in Le diable boiteux is still published today, and it has also been adapted for the stage. The Old Curiosity Shop. Lesage’s adaptation includes the same characters as the Spanish original and part of the plot, but he also takes some authorial liberties.


Thus, at the conclusion of their adventures, each returns to his natural environment: Upon his first look at the city, the student does not miss the opportunity to point out that he knows the faces of rich men, but not the contents of their purses, thus labeling them stingy.

Virtual Miguel de Cervantes, This persona likewise is a man of many surnames, whose lineage on all sides is as insubstantial as the wind: For a printed version, click here.

Roger ; Devil upon Two Sticks: The Devil upon Two Sticks: Furthermore, George Peale, and other critics have questioned whether The Limping Devil is a true novel, proposing instead that it is a Menippean Satire because it lacks the unity expected in a novel trancos or leaps, instead of chapters.

El diablo cojuelo

He died on November 10,having penned more than dramas, of which exist today eight of guevwra comedies were written in collaboration with other playwrightsalong with the work by which he is best known: Three Serious and Two Comiccomposed by Mons. The Limping Devil was written over a period of years, from approximately to If you would like to copy or reprint these articles for other purposes, ddiablo contact the publisher to secure permission.

The case of The Limping Devilhowever, is quite different. This scene is intended to depict a decaying society, particularly by exposing its highest and most powerful members. Indudablemente, este es un aspecto que hay que tener muy en cuenta a la hora de explicar sus opciones literarias en todos los niveles: This dichotomy is even more pronounced in dramas deliberate use of term that are often anthologized or staged in the U.

He encompasses a humor that often leads us to guevzra pathos of the work.

When the student releases him from his confinement, the mischievous devil promises to repay him by revealing to him the true nature of Spanish society.