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Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum, Director
Szilvia Szmuk-Tanenbaum, creator and director of Comedias Sueltas USA earned a PhD in Spanish literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York but in fact had a career as a Special Collections librarian most of her life. Her interests are bibliophilic and her publications have to do mostly with descriptive bibliographies of Spanish Golden Age plays. The difficulties of finding comedias sueltas as a corpus, in US academic and research libraries have propelled her to create this website. She is an active member of the Grolier Club and a member of the Association Internationale de Bibliophilie.
Don W. Cruickshank
Don Cruickshank was born in Fettercairn, Kincardineshire, in 1942, and brought up in Aberdeen, where he went to university and studied Spanish under Terence May and Peter Dunn. From Aberdeen he moved to Cambridge (Emmanuel College) to do a PhD on Calderón, under the supervision of Edward Wilson. In 1968 he was elected to a research fellowship in Emmanuel, remaining there until he was appointed to a lectureship at University College Dublin, where in due course he became a senior lecturer and an associate professor and, eventually, Professor of Spanish. He retired in 2007. His publications include a facsimile collection of early Calderón editions (1973, with J. E. Varey, 19 vols), a study of the classical Spanish plays collected by the diarist Samuel Pepys (Samuel Pepys’s Spanish Plays, 1980, with E. M. Wilson) a biography of Calderón (Don Pedro Calderón, 2009), as well as numerous articles on classical Spanish plays, the book trade and typography in Spain. He is a member of the Grupo de Investigación Calderón de la Barca, based in the University of Santiago de Compostela, and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.
Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo
Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo obtained her PhD in Spanish Literature in April 2011 at the University of Santiago de Compostela. From May 2011 until April 2014 she has been carrying out her research as part of the Iberian Book Project, funded by the Andrew Mellon Foundation and directed by Dr. Alexander Wilkinson of the University College Dublin, where she is working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Level 2. Her current research interests include the Golden Age Spanish theatre and the Spanish Book Trade. She has recently published her edition of Calderón’s play El mayor encanto, amor, by Iberoamericana-Vervuert and she is the co-author of the volume Alexander S. Wilkinson & Alejandra Ulla Lorenzo (eds.), Iberian Books. Libros Ibéricos. Books Published on the Iberian Peninsula or in the New World between 1601 and 1650 (Leiden: Brill, October 2015), 2 vols.