Federico Garcia Lorca - Author

About the 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 by Federico Garcia Lorca

Selected Poems With Parallel Spanish Text

Selected Poems With Parallel Spanish Text

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2009

'Lorca brought an understanding of the paradox that was Spain - sensuality chafing under a rigid moral code, individual desire at war with tradition.' Manuel Duran Federico Garcia Lorca is perhaps the most celebrated of all twentieth-century Spanish writers, known not only for his plays but also for several collections of poems published both in his short lifetime and after. Lorca's poetry is steeped in the land, climate, and folklore of his native Andalusia, though he writes memorably of New York and Cuba too. Often in modernist idiom, and full of startling imagery, he evokes a world of intense feelings, silent suffering, and dangerous love. This selection balances poems from Lorca's early collections with his better-known work to give a clear vision of his poetic development. Martin Sorrell's accomplished translations are complemented by D. Gareth Walters's shrewd Introduction, with its distinctive focus on the achievements of the poet.

Other books by Federico Garcia Lorca

The Dialogue of Two Snails

The Dialogue of Two Snails

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

My heart brims with billows and minnows of shadows and silver Beautiful, brutal, strange and lovely: this is Lorca reborn, in a selection of previously unpublished pieces and masterful new translations. Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.

Poet In Spain

Poet In Spain

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/11/2017

Bodas de Sangre, Yerma, La Casa de Bernarda Alba

Bodas de Sangre, Yerma, La Casa de Bernarda Alba

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/07/2017

Romancero Gitano

Romancero Gitano

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Luis Alberto Ambroggio Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/06/2017

Lorca: Three Plays

Lorca: Three Plays

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/03/2017

Lorca's passionate, lyrical tales of longing and revenge put the spotlight on the rural poor of 1930s Spain and are considered masterpieces of twentieth-century theatre. These plays exhibit Lorca's intense anger at the injustices of society, and his determination to create art that might remedy it.The collection contains Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba, in sensitive, accurate and playable translations, and a full introduction to Lorca, his times and his work.The NHB Drama Classics series presents the world's greatest plays in affordable, highly readable editions for students, actors and theatregoers. The hallmarks of the series are accessible introductions (focussing on the play's theatrical and historical background, together with an author biography, key dates and suggestions for further reading) and the complete text, uncluttered with footnotes. The translations, by leading experts in the field, are accurate and above all actable. The editions of English-language plays include a glossary of unusual words and phrases to aid understanding.

Sonnets of Dark Love

Sonnets of Dark Love

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/09/2016

Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936), wrote The Tamarit Divan and the Sonnets of Dark Love in the last years of his life. Both books were published posthumously and explore passionate love. The setting for The Divan is the poet's Granada, while the Sonnets are a solitary, intimate voice speaking to one person. In translating these powerful poems, Jane Duran and Gloria Garcia Lorca have tried to remain as close as possible to Lorca's words and to his emotional and sensuous intensity.This bilingual edition also includes essays by two acclaimed Lorca scholars. Christopher Maurer's essay, 'Violet Shadow', explores Lorca's relationship with Arabic poetry in the Divan. Andres Soria Olmedo's essay, 'Dark St Valentine', studies the implications and resonances of 'dark love' in the Sonnets.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/06/2013

Sketches of Spain Impressions and landscapes

Sketches of Spain Impressions and landscapes

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/05/2012

House of Bernarda Alba

House of Bernarda Alba

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/01/2012

This is a new translation of Federico Garcia Lorca's masterpiece by award-winning playwright Jo Clifford ( The Tree of Knowledge , Every One , Yerma, Blood Wedding ). When Bernarda's husband dies, she locks all the doors and windows. She tells her grown-up daughters to sew and be silent. 'There are eight years of mourning ahead of us. While it lasts not even the wind will get into this house'. But locks can't hold back the growing tide of desire...Nick Hern Books' are pocket-sized Drama Classics: 'the world's great plays at a great little price'.

Gypsy Ballads

Gypsy Ballads

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2011

Translated by Gloria Garcia Lorca, the writer's niece, and Jane Duran, the family friend who became a celebrated poet, Gypsy Ballads is the most authentic version of Romancero Gitano imaginable. In their new translation Jane Duran and Gloria Garcia Lorca have been faithful to Lorca's work, searching out original meanings, avoiding overt interpretations, reproducing metaphors, so as to bring to an English-speaking reader the pure power of Lorca's poetry. What is revealed is a kaleidoscope of sensory images, characters and stories. Lorca described his most popular collection as 'the poem of Andalusia ...A book that hardly expresses visible Andalusia at all, but where hidden Andalusia trembles.' Seeking to relate the nature of his proud and troubled region of Spain, he drew on a traditional gypsy form; yet the homely, unpretentious style of these poems barely disguises strong undercurrents of conflicted identity. This bilingual edition includes revealing insights into the Romancero and the history of the Spanish ballad form by Andres Soria Olmedo; notes on the dedications by Manuel Fernandez-Montesinos; Lorca's lecture on his own book; and an introduction to the problems and challenges faced by translators of Lorca, by Professor Christopher Maurer.

Bodas De Sangre

Bodas De Sangre

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/2011

Federico Garcia Lorca Selected Poems

Federico Garcia Lorca Selected Poems

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/04/2010

J.L. Gili's selection of Lorca's poems in Spanish, with his own unassuming prose versions as guides to the originals, first appeared in 1960. With its excellent introduction and selection it remains a perfect introductory guide to the great poet. The book is ideal for newcomers to Lorca who know, or are prepared to grapple with, a little Spanish. It influenced a generation of readers and poets, including Ted Hughes who first encountered Lorca through this book.

In Search of Duende

In Search of Duende

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2010

The House of Bernarda Albae A Modern Adaptation

The House of Bernarda Albae A Modern Adaptation

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Rona Munro Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/09/2009

Following the gangland execution of her husband, the formidable matriarch Bernarda Alba will do anything to safeguard her family's dubious fortune and the future of her five daughters. A deal is struck - a marriage of convenience between her eldest girl and the son of a business rival. All Bernarda has to do is ensure that the wedding happens, and quickly. Five headstrong daughters cooped up in the family home in an emotionally charged atmosphere of bitter rivalry and repressed sexuality make that an epic challenge. One of the most celebrated European dramas of the 20th century, the play was finished by Lorca shortly before he was executed in Spain for his left-wing politics. He described it as a drama of women in the villages of Spain - a theme that is electrifyingly transposed in this version to the tough communities of Glasgow's East End. Faithfully preserving Lorca's sense of boiling tension and impending tragedy, this adaptation brings a classic text thrillingly up to date. This text was published to coincide with the world premiere of the adaptation, a production by the National Theatre of Scotland in 2009.

Yerma

Yerma

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2009

A new volume in the popular value-for-money Drama Classics series.

Selected Poems With Parallel Spanish Text

Selected Poems With Parallel Spanish Text

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/03/2009

'Lorca brought an understanding of the paradox that was Spain - sensuality chafing under a rigid moral code, individual desire at war with tradition.' Manuel Duran Federico Garcia Lorca is perhaps the most celebrated of all twentieth-century Spanish writers, known not only for his plays but also for several collections of poems published both in his short lifetime and after. Lorca's poetry is steeped in the land, climate, and folklore of his native Andalusia, though he writes memorably of New York and Cuba too. Often in modernist idiom, and full of startling imagery, he evokes a world of intense feelings, silent suffering, and dangerous love. This selection balances poems from Lorca's early collections with his better-known work to give a clear vision of his poetic development. Martin Sorrell's accomplished translations are complemented by D. Gareth Walters's shrewd Introduction, with its distinctive focus on the achievements of the poet.

Four Major Plays

Four Major Plays

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/12/2008

'I have made a terrible discovery ...I have not yet been born ...I live off borrowed substance; what I have within me is not mine.' In his four last plays Federico Garcia Lorca offered his disturbed and disturbing personal vision to Spanish audiences of the 1930s - unready, as he thought them, for the sexual frankness and surreal expression of his more experimental work. The ill-fated lovers of Blood Wedding, the desolate Yerma, the fading spinster Rosita, and Bernarda Alba's abused household of women all inhabit a familiar Andalusia. Their predicaments are starkly plotted, with a stagecraft rooted in classical theatrical tradition. In such figures Lorca addresses the cultural and political ferment of his time with a fiercely libertarian assault on 'old and wrong moralities', fusing the personal and the political through his virtuoso mastery of images. Yet all that mastery can barely keep at bay the anguished contradictions of these doomed human lives. Hence the authentic sense of danger - the duende, to use his own word of Lorca's theatre, finely conveyed here in John Edmunds's fluent and rhythmic new translations that lend themselves admirably to performance. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2008

Garcia Lorca's passionate, lyrical tale of longing and revenge: a twentieth century masterpiece. Translated by Jo Clifford.

La Casa De Bernarda Alba

La Casa De Bernarda Alba

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/02/2008

The House of Bernarda Alba La Casa De Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba La Casa De Bernarda Alba

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Gwynne Edwards Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/09/2007

Bernarda Alba is a widow, and her five daughters are incarcerated in mourning along with her. One by one they make a bid for freedom, with tragic consequences. Lorca's tale depicts the repression of women within Catholic Spain in the years before the war. The House of Bernarda Alba is Lorca's last and possibly finest play, completed shortly before he was murdered by Nationalist sympathisers at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Inspired by real characters and described by the author as 'a true record of village life', it is a tragic tale of frustration and explosive passions in a household of women rulled by a tyrannical mother. Edited with invaluable student notes - a must for students of Spanish drama

The Tamarit Poems

The Tamarit Poems

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2007

Yerma

Yerma

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Gwynne Edwards Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/02/2007

Yerma (meaning 'Barren') is one of three tragic plays about peasants and rural life that make up Lorca's 'rural trilogy'. It is possibly Lorca's harshest play following a woman's Herculean struggle against the curse of infertility. The woman's barrenness becomes a metaphor for her marriage in a traditional society that denies women sexual or social equality. Her desperate desire for a child drives her to commit a terrible crime at the end of the play. This Student Edition comes complete with a full introduction; plot synopsis; commentary on characters, context and themes; bibliography; chronology, and questions for study.

Blood Wedding MCE

Blood Wedding MCE

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Gwynne Edwards, Gwynne Edwards Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/11/2006

Blood Wedding is set in a village community in Lorca's Andalusia, and tells the story of a couple drawn irresistibly together in the face of an arranged marriage. This tragic and poetic play is the work on which his international reputation was founded. Like many of Lorca's passionate and intensely lyrical plays that focus on peasant life and the forces of nature, Blood Wedding combines innovatory dramatic technique with Spanish popular tradition. Methuen Drama Student Editions are expertly annotated texts of a wide range of plays from the modern and classic repertoires. As well as the complete text of the play itself, the volume contains a chronology of the playwright's life and work; an introduction giving the background to the play; a discussion of the various interpretations; notes on individual words and phrases in the text; and questions for further study.

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/05/2005

New version of Lorca's classic produced at London's Almeida Theatre in May 2005.

La casa de Bernarda Alba

La casa de Bernarda Alba

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/2005

The House of Bernarda Alba

The House of Bernarda Alba

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/03/2005

Finished just two months before the author's murder on 18 August 1936 by a gang of Franco's supporters, The House of Bernarda Alba is now accepted as Lorca's great masterpiece of love and loathing. Five daughters live together in a single household with a tyrannical mother. When the father of all but the eldest girl dies, a cynical marriage is advanced which will have tragic consequences for the whole family. Lorca's fascinatingly modern play, rendered here in an English version by David Hare, speaks as powerfully as a political metaphor of oppression as it does as domestic drama. The House of Bernarda Alba premiered at the National Theatre, London, in March 2005.

Poet in New York

Poet in New York

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/2002

'There has been no more terribly acute critic of America than this steel-conscious and death-conscious Spaniard, with his curious passion for the modernities of nickel and tinfoil and nitre . . .' So wrote Conrad Aiken of Lorca's violent response to the New York he encountered as a student at Columbia University in 1929 and 1930. Born and brought up in Andalusia, Lorca's reaction to the brutality and loneliness of the vast city was one of amazement and indignation. His poetry moved away from the lyricism of the early Romanceros and became a vehicle for experimental techniques through which he expressed tortured feelings of alienation and dislocation. Based on a new edition of the original text, Greg Simon's and Steven White's new translation brings to life Lorca's arresting imagery. Christopher Maurer, a leading authority on Lorca's work, provides an enlightening introduction placing Poet in New York in context, and there are translations of Lorca's letters as well as a lecture he gave about the work. Illustrated with archive photographs, this comprehensive volume will make Lorca's masterpiece available to a whole new generation of readers.

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Christopher Maurer, Christopher Maurer Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2001

Spain's greatest and most well-loved modern poet, Lorca has long been admired for the emotional intensity and dark brilliance of his work, which drew on music, drama, mythology and the songs of his Andulucian childhood. From the playful Suites and stylized Gypsy Ballads, to his own dark vision of urban life, Poet in New York, and his elegaic meditation on death, Lament for Ignacio Sanchez Mejias; his range was remarkable. This bilingual edition provides versions by distinguished poets and translators, drawing on every book of poems published by Lorca and on his uncollected works.

The House of Bernarda Alba and Other Plays

The House of Bernarda Alba and Other Plays

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Christopher Maurer Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/01/2001

In The House of Bernarda Alba, a tyrannical matriarch rules over her house and five daughters, cruelly crushing their hopes and needs. The other plays here also portray female characters whose desires are tragically and violently frustrated: a woman's longing for a child in Yerma, and a bride's yearning for her lover in Blood Wedding. All appeal for freedom and sexual and social equality, and are also passionate defences of the imagination: in Christopher Maurer's words, `poetic drama unsurpassed by any writer of our time'.

Yerma

Yerma

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2000

House of Bernarda Alba

House of Bernarda Alba

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1999

Lorca's passionate all-women play, in a new version by Rona Munro.

Season in Granada Uncollected Poems and Prose

Season in Granada Uncollected Poems and Prose

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/1998

A Season in Granada brings together poems, essays and excerpts from letters by the great twentieth-century poet Federico Garcia Lorca, including two sequences of poems and an essay previously unpublished in English. The writings form a dazzling, elegiac celebration of the city of Granada, where Lorca grew up, where he studied, and to which he returned frequently in his life and in his imagination. And where he would die. In Christopher Maurer's words, the twenty poems in the two Suites, 'Poem of the Fair', and 'Summer Hours', draw on 'the structural ideas and whimsical tone of one of Lorca's favourite composers, Claude Debussy. The idea was to capture some phenomenon - the moon, the hours of evening, the ocean, wheatfields, flamenco - in a series of stylized estampas (prints) or moments. 'They represent an important addition to the Lorca canon. Published to celebrate the centenary of Lorca's birth, these poems, essays and letters are remarkable for their freshness and vitality, and go right to the heart of his extraordinary and passionate vision.

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/08/1997

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Ted Hughes Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/09/1996

Lorca's Blood Wedding is a classic of twentieth-century theatre. The story is based on a newspaper fragment which told of a family vendetta and a bride who ran away with the son of the enemy family. Lorca uses it to investigate the subjects which fascinated him: desire, repression, ritual, and the constraints and commitments of the rural Spanish community in which the play is rooted. Ted Hughes's version stays close in spirit and letter to the original Spanish. With marvellous directness, he fused Lorca's vision to his own, and the result is a powerful poetic text which captures all the violence and pathos of the play for an English-speaking audience.

Lorca Plays The Public , Play without a Title , Mariana Pineda

Lorca Plays The Public , Play without a Title , Mariana Pineda

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/12/1994

Lorca is one of the few indisputably great dramatists of the twentieth century Observer Mariana Pineda achieved immediate critical success on its first performance in Barcelona in 1927. The Public is a powerful and uncompromising demand for sexual, and specifically homosexual, freedom - as predicted it was never performed in Lorca's time - it was first performed in this country by Theatre Royal Stratford East in the 80s. Play Without a Title, an unfinished Lorca rarity, realises his wish 'to do something different, including modern plays on the age we live in'.

Yerma

Yerma

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/1994

The second of Lorca's trilogy of rural dramas, Yerma, is a blend of contrasting moods through which Lorca charts the increasingly destructive obsession of a childless young country wife, and probes the darker zones of human fears and desires. The play's rich mode of expression - a combination of verbal, visual and auditory images and rhythms - is also geared to celebrating sexual attraction and fertility, creation and procreation. Through his characterization of the play's central figure, Lorca raises the question of women's social status - a controversial question both then and now, and one to which Robin Warner pays particular attention in his critical introduction to the play. He also examines the links between the dramatic structure of Yerma and the importance of cultural politics during the course of the Second Spanish Republic. The Spanish text is supported by an introduction and notes in English, as well as by an extensive vocabulary and section of discussion questions. -- .

Blood Wedding and Yerma

Blood Wedding and Yerma

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/1994

Songs & Ballads

Songs & Ballads

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/1992

Selected Poems

Selected Poems

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1992

This bilingual edition was the first to include Lorca's last poems, the previously lost Sonnets of Dark Love. It covers the full range of his poetry, from the early poems and the gypsy ballads to the agitated Poet in New York and the Arab-influenced gacelas and casidas. Also included is the Lament for Sanchez Mejias, Lorca's great elegy for his bullfighter friend, as well as his famous lecture, Theory and Function of the Duende.

Four Puppet Plays Four Puppet Plays WITH Play without a Title AND The Divan Poems and Other Poems AND Prose Poems and Dramatic Pieces

Four Puppet Plays Four Puppet Plays WITH Play without a Title AND The Divan Poems and Other Poems AND Prose Poems and Dramatic Pieces

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, Edwin Honig Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/1990

From Lorca's prologue to a puppet play: 'This is not the first time that I, the drunken puppet who marries Dona Rosita, leaves the hand of Federico Garcia Lorca on the stage, where I live and never die. The first time was in the house of this poet- remember that, Federico? It was spring in Granada, and the drawing rooom of your house was full of children who were saying: ' the puppets are flesh and bone, so how come they remain children and never grow up?' The famous Manuel de Falla was at the piano and there performed for the first time in Spain Stravinsky's Histoire d'un soldat...' Collected for the first time in a single volume, Federico Garcia Lorca's Four Puppet Plays, A Play Without a Title, the Divan Poems; Other Poems, Prose Poems and Dramatic Pieces represent the purest examples of the poet's genius and range.

Plays Shoemaker's Wife , Don Perlimplin ; Puppet Play of Don Christobel , Butterfly's Evil Spell , When Five Years Pass

Plays Shoemaker's Wife , Don Perlimplin ; Puppet Play of Don Christobel , Butterfly's Evil Spell , When Five Years Pass

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/1990

Lorca is one of the few indisputably great dramatists of the twentieth century Observer The Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife and The Love of Don Perlimplin use an old story of the old man married to the young wife to expose the social attitudes of a traditional Spain bound by rigid concepts of decency, reputation and honour. The Puppet Play deploys the puppets' uninhibited and passionate emotions as a direct attack on the 'tedious triviality' of commercial theatre. The Butterfly's Evil Spell explores the themes of love and frustration, while When Five Years Pass is a surrealist play with references to the film Un Chien Andalou [The Andalusian Dog] by Lorca's friend and collaborator, Luis Bunuel.

Ode to Walt Whitman

Ode to Walt Whitman

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/05/1988

Collected here in one bilingual edition are new translations of four small books of poems that were published during Federico Garcia Lorca's lifetime and span his most creative years. First Songs, poems inspired by the Andalusian countryside are comparable in style and theme to those in his masterpiece Poem of the Deep Song. This charming little book was given by Lorca to his friend Manuel Altolaguirre and his wife as a gift to their first child. Ode to Walt Whitman, a passionate meditation on homosexuality in a society that proscribes it, is perhaps the best-known book to have come out of the poet's New York Cycle of poems, a damning vision of urban life under capitalism. Perhaps Lorca's finest poem, A Flood of Tears for Ignacio Sanchez Mojis, is a moving elegy to his friend, a renowned bullfighter who was also a writer and a hero to a generation of poets. With Six Galician Poems, written in the Galician language, Lorca returns to themes of the simple life and folklore of the Spanish people. Published only a few months before the Spanish Civil War broke out, this book -- a classic of Galician literature -- never won the prominence it deserved. His real impact, however, surely comes from the stark vividness of his imagery, his ability to conjure up primal subjective realms of love and death: The guitar makes dreams weep. The sobbing of lost souls escapes through its round mouth. And like the tarantula it spins a large star to trap the sighs floating in its black, wooden water tank. --David H. Rosenthal ...Garcia Lorca's poem dedicated to the New York poet is nothing short of beautiful. The translation does not detract from the emotion and respect that Garcia Lorca has for Walt Whitman. --A.J. Ortega, Front Porch Journal Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) was a poet, playwright, and theater director. He was well-known as a member of the Generation of '27 who introduced symbolism, futurism, and surrealism to Spanish literature. City Lights Publishers also published another book of poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca titled Poem of the Deep Song. Carlos Bauer is the translator of Garcia Lorca's Poem of the Deep Song (City Lights Books), Cries from a Wounded Madrid (Swallow Press), and The Public and Play without a Title: Posthumous Plays (New Directions). He has also translated the work of contemporary writers into Spanish.

Poem of the Deep Song

Poem of the Deep Song

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1987

The magic of Andalusia is crystallized in Federico Garcia Lorca's first major work, Poem of the Deep Song, written in 1921 when the poet was twenty-three years old, and published a decade later. In this group of poems, based on saetas, soleares, and siguiriyas, Lorca captures the passionate flamenco cosmos of Andalusia's Gypsies, those mysterious wandering folk who gave deep song its definitive form. Cante jondo, deep song, comes from a musical tradition that developed among peoples who fled into the mountains in the 15th century to escape the Spanish Inquisition. With roots in Arabic instruments, Sephardic ritual, Byzantine liturgy, native folk songs, and, above all, the rhythms of Gypsy life, deep song is characterized by intense and profound emotion. Fearing that the priceless heritage of deep song might vanish from Spain, Lorca, along with Manuel de Falla and other young artists, hoped to preserve the artistic treasure of an entire race. In Poem of the Deep Song, the poet's own lyric genius gives cante jondo a special kind of immortality. Lorca was a minstrel, and he understood poetry as an oral expression...In Poem of the Deep Song, Lorca did not try to imitate the lyrics or music of cante jondo, but he did, I think, rely on its compas in order to craft poems that would enact the experience of the solitary anguish that is cante jondo. -Ralph Angel, Words Without Borders [Garcia Lorca's] real impact, however, surely comes from the stark vividness of his imagery, his ability to conjure up primal subjective realms of love and death: The guitar makes dreams weep. The sobbing of lost souls escapes through its round mouth. And like the tarantula it spins a large star to trap the sighs floating in its black, wooden water tank. - David H. Rosenthal, New York Times Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) was a poet, playwright, and theater director. He was well-known as a member of the Generation of '27 who introduced symbolism, futurism, and surrealism to Spanish literature. City Lights Publishers also published another book of poetry by Federico Garcia Lorca titled Ode to Walt Whitman. Carlos Baur is the translator of Garcia Lorca's The Public and Play Without a Title: Two Posthumous Plays, and of Cries from a Wounded Madrid: Poetry of the Spanish Civil War. He has also translated the work of Henry Miller and other contemporary American writers into Spanish.

Lorca Plays Blood Wedding, Yerma, Dona Rosita the Spinster

Lorca Plays Blood Wedding, Yerma, Dona Rosita the Spinster

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, G. Edwards Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/06/1987

These three tragedies were written at the height if Lorca's powers and display his innovative mix of Spanish popular tradition and modern dramatic technique. Blood Wedding tells the story of a couple drawn irresistibly together in the face of an arranged marriage; Dona Rosita the Spinster follows the appalling fate of a young woman beguiled into the expectation of marriage and left stranded for a lifetime whilst Yerma is possibly Lorca's harshest play following a woman's Herculean struggle against the curse of infertility. Set in and around his home territory, Granada, the plays return again and again to the lives of passionate individuals, particularly women, trapped by the social conventions of narrow peasant communities. The plays appear here in new playable translations.

Lorca: Yerma

Lorca: Yerma

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca, J. Minett, John E. Lyon Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1987

One of Lorca's best known plays tells the story of a young peasant wife in rural Spain whose sole conscious desire is to embody what she regards as the natural, moral and social laws governing her life as a woman in motherhood. The tragedy of Yerma, which literally means 'barren', in this powerful and emotive drama, is that she remains childless and so is denied the dignity and the emotional fulfilment which traditionally only the role of mother could bring. The frustration of Yerma's maternal instinct, the only acceptable channel for her sexuality in her repressive society, leads her through humiliation and despair to an erosion of her whole personality which culminates at the end of the play in violence and death. It is not only the strong feminist theme that accounts for the play's great popular appeal today. With the highly charged emotion are blended poetic imagery and lyricism which haunt the imagination of modern audiences as much as those of fifty years ago when Lorca was murdered. Spanish text with facing-page translation, introduction and notes.

Mariana Pineda: Romance Popular En Tres Estampas

Mariana Pineda: Romance Popular En Tres Estampas

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1987

Selected Letters

Selected Letters

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/1984

Bodas De Sangre

Bodas De Sangre

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/01/1980

This excellent edition is most welcome. A select bibliography, a brief vocabulary, several footnotes to explain points of difficulty, fourteen long endnotes... and even the music of the songs, make the edition an extremely valuable and interesting volume, offering the reader the text of the play itself and important new insights into its structure, its significance and indeed its success. Professor Leo Hickey, 'Modern Languages' Bodas de sangre is arguably the best-known work by the most celebrated of all twentieth-century Spanish writers. A passionate story of family feud and tragic elopement is played out in the setting of a poor country village, building up to a dramatic ending full of the intensely poetic symbolism characteristic of Lorca. -- .

Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/01/1977

Five Plays Comedies and Tragicomedies

Five Plays Comedies and Tragicomedies

Author: Federico Garcia Lorca Format: Paperback Release Date: 17/01/1963

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