García Lorca’s Poet in New York Is Published (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: In Poet in New York, Federico García Lorca described his feelings of attraction to and repulsion by white urban American civilization from the perspective of an Old World outsider.
Summary of Event
Federico García Lorca is widely regarded as Spain’s most distinguished twentieth century writer of poetry and drama. García Lorca was a major participant in the flowering of Spanish literature that occurred in the years between World War I and the Spanish Civil War--an era whose richness and diversity have been compared to those of the sixteenth and seventeenth century Spanish Golden Age.
Having already published numerous volumes of poetry, in the year 1929, García Lorca found himself at an artistic and personal impasse. Early that year, García Lorca received inquiries regarding the possibility of giving a series of lectures in the United States. At the urging of his family, García Lorca embarked on his first trip outside Spain in the summer of 1929. The trip led him, via France and England, to Columbia University in New York City. The new and completely different surroundings, while essentially stimulating to his literary output, also proved to be overwhelming and shocking to García Lorca.
Written in 1929 and 1930 while the poet was living in New York City and published after García Lorca’s death, Poeta in Nueva York (1940; Poet in New York) belongs to...
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