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ISBN-10: 0822324172

ISBN-13: 9780822324171

Edition: 1999

Authors: Rafael Campo, Federico Garc�a Lorca

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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 9/10/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.97" wide x 8.82" long x 0.36" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Rafael Campo, author of two books of poetry, teaches and practices medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Beth Israel Hospital of Boston.

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.

Acknowledgments
In the Cuban Way
The New World's History in Three Voices
The Repeating Island
Sonnet in the Cuban Way
The Return
The Dream of Loving Cuba
The Cardiac Exam
Suicidal Ideation
Baby Pictures
Madonna and Child
Night Inexpressible
The Pelvic Exam
Baby Pictures
Diva
A Poet's Education
The Gift of AIDS
The Gift of AIDS
The Abdominal Exam
Darkest Purple
The Changing Face of AIDS
A Death Perplexing
Small Comfort
Drawing Blood
The X Files
Opposites Attract
My Reasoning
Three Recent Films
Marry Me
Recognition
The Mental Status Exam
The X Files
Still Monogamous after Fourteen Years
Begging for Change in Winter
Last Rites
Lorca
I Am Mrs. Lorca
Sonnets of Dark Love (Translated from the Spanish of Federico Garcia Lorca)
A Note on the Translations