A Life of Lorca

One of the twentieth century’s most gifted men, the Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, was born in Granada in 1898 and executed in the same city in 1936, in the first week of the Civil War.

Lorca was immensely talented; in addition to his writing he was a fine musician and artist. He drew with fluency, imagination and style, and last year saw the first exhibition of his drawings in this country. His drawings are an original contribution to Surrealism, a movement that appealed especially to Spanish artists such as his close friend Salvador Dali. Encouraged by Dali, Lorca showed his drawings in the avant-garde Dalmau Galleries in Barcelona in 1927.

This absorbing, fully illustrated book looks at the life of Lorca through his poems and drawings, and through photographs of the artist with his family and friends, showing him at the centre of intellectual life in Spain in the 1930s. During 1998, the centenary of Lorca’s birth, celebrations to commemorate his life are taking place in Madrid, Granada and Barcelona.

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