Lorca: Living in the Theatre

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Now in paperback, a penetrating study of the life and work of an enigma in the world of theatre and poetry—awarded Choice's Outstanding Academic Book of the Year upon first publication

Lorca's theatre, like that of Strindberg and Tennessee Williams, voices his personal dilemmas, not least his homosexuality. This study of all his plays examines the way in which the dramatist's life was transformed into high art through influences as varied as Surrealism and Greek ...

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Overview

Now in paperback, a penetrating study of the life and work of an enigma in the world of theatre and poetry—awarded Choice's Outstanding Academic Book of the Year upon first publication

Lorca's theatre, like that of Strindberg and Tennessee Williams, voices his personal dilemmas, not least his homosexuality. This study of all his plays examines the way in which the dramatist's life was transformed into high art through influences as varied as Surrealism and Greek tragedy. In an attempt to cover as many aspects of Lorca’s theatre and the time in which he lived as possible, the book deals not only with the plays themselves but includes material on the social and political character of the 1920s and 1930s, on the cultural background, on Lorca's friendships with Dalí and Buñuel, and on the performances of the plays in his lifetime and afterwards.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Excellent... Edwards's prose is clear, with wonderful detail illuminating Lorca's plays and, to some extent, his poetry. In addtion to gaining a better understanding of Lorca's work, one also gains insight into the Spain of the 1920s and 1930s."  —Library Journal

"Excellently researched and deeply interesting . . . takes us further into Lorca's mind than most writers. . . . It is a pleasure to review a book that is compelling and vividly written and leaves us in the end holding the keys to [Lorca's] personality."  —Birmingham Post

Library Journal
Federico Garcia Lorca, now considered one of the greatest poets and playwrights of the 20th century, was barely 38 years old when he was shot by Franco's Nationalists (intellectuals were considered dangerous) and his work was banned in Spain for many years. Edwards, a translator of Lorca's plays and professor of Spanish language and literature, also wrote Lorca: The Theatre Beneath the Sand. This excellent follow-up focuses on all of Lorca's plays, giving them an outstanding analysis that considers the influence of the social and cultural context as well as Lorca's sexuality and "personal demons." Lorca was aware at a young age that his identity as a gay man made him an outsider, and he identified with other outsiders (Jews, Gypsies, Muslims, the poor, etc.). His interest and involvement with artists and writers of the Symbolist and Surrealist movements, especially Dali, enabled him to write about sexual and social concerns in ways that were hidden or disguised, thus enabling him to explore what were then "dangerous" themes. Edwards's prose is clear, with wonderful detail illuminating Lorca's plays and, to some extent, his poetry. In addition to gaining a better understanding of Lorca's work, one also gains insight into the Spain of the 1920s and 1930s. Highly recommended for all theater and academic collections.-Susan L. Peters, Univ. of Texas, Galveston Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780720615548
  • Publisher: Owen, Peter Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/2014
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwynne Edwards is the author of The Discreet Art of Luis Buñuel, Flamenco!, and Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
List of illustrations 10
Introduction 11
1 The Public: A Poem to Be Booed At 29
2 When Five Years Pass: A Legend of Time 61
3 Blood Wedding: The Force of Destiny 85
4 Yerma: A Violation of Nature 127
5 Dona Rosita the Spinster: A Poem of Granada 157
6 The House of Bernarda Alba: A Photographic Documentary 181
Conclusion 215
Notes 221
Select Bibliography 231
Index 235
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