Win a Family Weekend Break with Lovereading and VisitWiltshire - click here for details...

books of the month
Search our site
The Last Summer by Andree Michaud Read the opening extract of the brand new Andree Michaud book before its publication on 25/01/2018

Federico Garcia Lorca Book and Novel

Federico Garcia Lorca - Author


Federico García Lorca was born into an educated family of small landowners in Fuente Vaqueros in 1898. A poet, dramatist, musician and artist, he attended the university at Granada, where he acquired a fine knowledge of literature. In 1919 he went to the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid and during his long stay there he met all the principal writers, critics and scholars who visited the place, which was then a flourishing centre of cultural liberalism. In 1928 his Gipsy-Ballad Book (Romancero gitano) received much public acclaim. In 1929 he went to New York with Fernando de los Ríos and his volume of poems Poet in New York (Poeta en Nueva York) was published posthumously in 1940.

On his return to republican Spain, he devoted himself to the theatre, as co-director of La Barraca, a government-sponsored student theatrical company that toured the country. He now wrote fewer poems, but these include his masterpiece Lament for Ignacio Sánchez Mejías (Llanto por la muerte de Ignacio Sánchez Mejías, 1935), a lament for a dead bullfighter. He wrote classical plays, pantomimic interludes, puppet plays, La zapatera prodigiosa (1930) and three tragedies: Blood Wedding (Bodas de sangre, 1933), Yerma (1934) and The House of Bernarda Alba (La casa de Bernarda Alba, 1936). Just after the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 he was murdered at Granada by Nationalist partisans, in mysterious circumstances.

Describing García Lorca's art, the eminent critic Raymond Williams wrote: 'In his discovery of forms, he is strikingly original and yet seems to range, with creative confidence, over the many possibilities of the modern dramatic tradition. It is an intensely personal and identifiably national achievement, yet it makes us look again, with new eyes, at the forms now available to us … In the intense power of his creative effort, against the negatives of the wasteland, he extended dramatic possibility beyond the conventional frontiers.'

Featured Books, with extracts, by Federico Garcia Lorca

Selected Poems With Parallel Spanish Text by Federico Garcia Lorca
Selected Poems With Parallel Spanish Text
Federico Garcia Lorca
May 2011 Guest Editor Carol Drinkwater on Selected Poems... When at drama school, I performed in Lorca’s play, Blood Wedding. I knew nothing then of the Spanish Civil War, had no understanding of Lorca’s attachment to the land,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 26/03/2009

Loading other books by Federico Garcia Lorca...


Author Info

Author's Website

www.garcia-lorca.org/Home/H...

Author's Facebook

Find Federico Garcia Lorca on Facebook

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...

Did you know

At Lovereading you can download and read an Opening Extract and an online review of books by Federico Garcia Lorca and hundreds of other authors.

Author 'Like for Like' recommendations


I love reading because my cares & woes vanish for an hour or two whilst I read of the joys, adventures, lives of the characters in the book.

Jennifer Moville

Ever purchased a book, read a few pages & thought I'm not going to enjoy this? Honest book reviews mean you'll never have that problem again

Jill Peters

You'll always find what you never knew you were looking for and you're always spoilt for choice.

Helen Jones

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

I read new, exciting writers and established authors before publication and there is a great website full of brilliant books and opinions.

Lynda

With literary excellence, humour and drama, Lovereading's got value and is a real stress-calmer!

Siobhan McDowell

It's information about new books so, for a book lover like me, what's not to like!

Joan Hill

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools