With a rare blend of grace, warmth, and scholarship, Leslie Stainton raises the stakes of our appreciation for the greatest of Spain's modern poets, Federico Garca Lorca. Drawing on fourteen years of research; more than a hundred letters unknown to prior biographers; exclusive interviews with Lorca's friends, family, and acquaintances; and dozens of newly discovered archival material, Stainton has brought her subject to life as few writers can. She describes his carefree childhood in rural Andalusia; his residencies in Madrid and Granada, then in New York, Havana, and Buenos Aires; his potent interaction with other Spanish artists, such as Salvador Dal, Luis Buuel, and the composer Manuel de Falla; and, finally, Stainton shows how Lorca's marginal political activity during the Spanish Civil War still cost him his life.
Throughout, Stainton meticulously but unobtrusively relates the oeuvre to the life. Her biography is quickly becoming the standard one-volume work on the poet.
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About the Author
Leslie Stainton is the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts (Penn State University Press, forthcoming) and has published essays and articles in the New York Times, American Theatre, the Washington Post, American Poetry Review, River Teeth, Crab Orchard Review, and many other journals. She is a recipient of two Fulbright research grants to Spain as well as the 1999 Midland Society of Authors Award for Biography for Lorca: A Dream of Life. She holds a BA in Drama from Franklin and Marshall College and an MFA in Theater from the University of Massachusetts, and she lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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