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Poet in New York

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ISBN-10: 0374525404

ISBN-13: 9780374525408

Edition: 1998 (Revised)

Authors: Federico Garc�a Lorca, Greg Simon, Steven F. White, Christopher Maurer, Christopher Maurer

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Written while Federico Garciacute;a Lorca was a student at Columbia University in 1929-30, Poet in New York is one of the most important books Lorca produced, and certainly one of the most important books ever published about New York City. Indeed, it is a book that changed the direction of poetry in both Spain and the Americas, a pathbreaking and defining work of modern literature. In honor of the poet's centenary, the celebrated Lorca scholar Christopher Maurer has revised this strange, timeless, and vital book of verse, using much previously unavailable or untranslated material: Lorca's own manuscript of the entire book; witty and insightful letters from the poet to his family describing his feelings about America and his temporary home there (a dorm room in Columbia's John Jay Hall); the annotated photographs which accompany those letters; and a prose poem missing from previous editions. Complementing these new addtions are extensive notes and letters, revised versions of all the poems, and an interpretive lectures by Lorca himself. An excellent introduction to the work of one of the key figures of modern poetry, this bilingual edition of Poet in New York is also a thrilling exposition of the American city in the 20th century.
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 6/24/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

Garcia Lorca is perhaps the best known of modern Spanish writers, partly because of his brutal execution outside Granada by Franco's army at the beginning of the civil war, but primarily because of his genius for poetry and drama. In 1928 Lorca published Gypsy Ballads, which won him immediate success and is considered one of the most important volumes of poetry of the century. Attracted to the gypsies for their exotic folklore, sexual vitality, and their status as a group on the fringe of Spanish society, Lorca enlarged the gypsy people and their traditions to mythical proportions. Nature takes on human form while reality acquires a dreamlike quality in this powerful transformation of the world into a myth. The verse is colorful, rhythmic, dramatic, symbolic, and suggestive. Lorca visited New York in 1929, experiencing a deep despair about a mechanical and dehumanized society; he saw in blacks the only hope for revitalization of that world. The volume Poet in New York (1929) shows the influence of Negro spirituals and the poets Walt Whitman and T. S. Eliot. Although Garcia Lorca was interested in drama throughout his life, he did not produce much of significance until the 1930s. Most important is his trilogy of Spanish rural life, Blood Wedding (1933), Yerma (1934), and The House of Bernarda Alba (1936), all tragedies with women as protagonists. In each play, the fall of the heroine, and of those around her whom she pulls down, is caused by frustrations produced by society. Blood Wedding demonstrates the sterility of the traditional code of honor. Yerma reveals the emptiness of a traditional marriage in which the woman must bear her husband children to prove her fidelity, and The House of Bernarda Alba dramatizes the destructive nature of Bernarda's dictatorial rule over her house, a microcosm of Spain. The Butterfly's Evil Spell (1919) is Lorca's first play; The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife (1931) and Don Perlimplin (1931) are farces; The Billy-Club Puppets (1931) is a puppet play.

Christopher Maurer is head of the Department of Spanish, French, Italian, & Portuguese at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Note to the Second Edition
After a Walk
1910 (Intermezzo)
Fable of Three Friends to Be Sung in Rounds
Your Childhood in Menton
Standards and Paradise of the Blacks
The King of Harlem
Abandoned Church (Ballad of the Great War)
Dance of Death
Landscape of a Vomiting Multitude (Dusk at Coney Island)
Landscape of a Pissing Multitude (Battery Place Nocturne)
Murder (Two Early Morning Voices on Riverside Drive)
Christmas on the Hudson
Sleepless City (Brooklyn Bridge Nocturne)
Blind Panorama of New York
The Birth of Christ
Double Poem of Lake Eden
Living Sky
Little Stanton
Little Girl Drowned in the Well (Granada and Newburgh)
Nocturne of Emptied Space
Landscape with Two Graves and an Assyrian Dog
Two Lovers Murdered by a Partridge
Moon and Panorama of the Insects (Love Poem)
New York (Office and Denunciation)
Jewish Cemetery
Cry to Rome (From the Tower of the Chrysler Building)
Ode to Walt Whitman
Little Viennese Waltz
Waltz in the Branches
Blacks Dancing to Cuban Rhythms
Lecture: A Poet in New York
The Poet Writes to His Family from New York and Havana
Notes on the Poems