Five Plays: Comedies and Tragicomedies

Five Plays: Comedies and Tragicomedies

by Federico Garcia Lorca
     
 

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Two additional comedies, published here in book form in English for the first time, are The Billy-ClubPuppets — a guignol-type farce with delicate wit; and The Butterfly’s Evil Spell, an "insect comedy" about a beetle-poet who aspires to be a butterfly.
Federico García Lorca’s position as one of the few geniuses of the modern theatre was

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Two additional comedies, published here in book form in English for the first time, are The Billy-ClubPuppets — a guignol-type farce with delicate wit; and The Butterfly’s Evil Spell, an "insect comedy" about a beetle-poet who aspires to be a butterfly.
Federico García Lorca’s position as one of the few geniuses of the modern theatre was firmly established in the English-speaking world with his Three Tragedies. Here, with an introduction by the dramatist’s brother, Francisco García Lorca, are five of his “comedies,” in the authorized translations, extensively revised to reflect recent Lorca scholarship and to convey the sparkle, freshness, and magic of the original Spanish. The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife tells of a young beauty married to an old man, a theme that often concerned Lorca. The resolution for the earnest shoemaker, who leaves home and comes back disguised as a puppeteer, is lighthearted, but there is underlying pathos. The Love of Don Perlimplin is again about a girl who weds someone much older, this time a bookish, 18th-century gentleman, who seeks an original but sardonic way out of the situation. According to Lorca himself, “Dona Rositais the outer gentleness and inner scorching of a girl in Granada who, little by little, turns into that grotesque and moving thing — an old maid in Spain.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811200905
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
01/28/1963
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
1,353,003
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Federico García Lorca (1898-1937) was born in Granada, Spain. A poet and playwright (Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba), he was killed by the Falangists in Spain during the Spanish Civil War.

JamesGraham-Luján is a translator and playwright.

Richard L. O'Connell was a translator and playwright.

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