Other Literary Forms

(Poets and Poetry, Complete Critical Edition)

Although Rafael Alberti established his reputation almost entirely on the basis of his poetry, he became involved in drama after emigrating to Argentina, writing plays of his own and adapting Miguel de Cervantes’ El cerco de Numancia (c. 1585, discovered in 1784; Numantia: A Tragedy, 1870) for the modern stage in 1944.

Alberti’s most notable achievement in prose, a work of considerable interest for the student of his poetry, was his autobiography, La arboleda perdida (1942; The Lost Grove, 1976). In addition, he was a talented painter and supplied illustrations for some of his later volumes.