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.
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Spain's most celebrated modern poet, Federico Garcia Lorca was born in 1898 near Granada. Poet, dramatist, musician and artist, he was the author of 'The Gypsy Ballad Book' (1928) and 'Poet in New York' (1940). After his return from New York and Cuba to Republican Spain in 1930, he devoted himself to the theatre, writing three tragedies including 'Blood Wedding' (1933). An outspoken supporter of the Republic, he was assassinated at the height of his fame by Nationalist partisans in Granada in 1936, on the eve of the Spanish Civil War. J.L. (Joan) Gili (1907-1998) lived in England from 1934. A scholar, translator, publisher and bookseller, he ran the Dolphin Book Co. in Oxford for many years, and was well known for his work on this Lorca selection and as the translator of the Catalan poet Josep Carner's 'Nabi'.Synopsis:
Federico Garcia Lorca was born in Fuente Vaqueros in 1898. A poet and dramatist, he was also a talented musican. He studied in Granada and in 1919 went to Madrid. In 1929 he left Spain for New York. Just after the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936 he was shot by Nationalist Partisans in Granada. His murder, combined with those aspects of his work which correspond to romantic foreign notions about Spain, helped to establish his poetic reputation abroad. This book contains a selection of his poems.
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