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Lorca: Four Key Plays

Lorca: Four Key Plays

The Audience, Blood Wedding, Yerma, The House of Bernarda Alba

Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca
Translation and Introduction by Michael Kidd

Forthcoming - March 2019 - 288 pp.

Format ISBN Price Qty
Cloth (no dust jacket) 978-1-62466-776-3
$49.00
Paper 978-1-62466-775-6
$18.00
Examination 978-1-62466-775-6
$3.00

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Forthcoming - March 2019


In addition to a substantial introduction to the life and works of Federico García Lorca—avant-garde poet, playwright, and soul of Spain's "Generation of '27"—this collection features vibrant new English translations of four of his plays. The legacy of a dramatic, religious, and social iconoclast whose death made him a martyr of the left in Civil-War Spain and who today is embraced as a gay icon shines through in Michael Kidd's stage-worthy renderings of Yerma, Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba, and a more experimental play, The Audience, a kaleidoscopic exploration of sexual identity and theater.

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Forthcoming - pre-orders will ship when the book is released in March 2019.

In addition to a substantial introduction to the life and works of Federico García Lorca—avant-garde poet, playwright, and soul of Spain's "Generation of '27"—this collection features vibrant new English translations of four of his plays. The legacy of a dramatic, religious, and social iconoclast whose death made him a martyr of the left in Civil-War Spain and who today is embraced as a gay icon shines through in Michael Kidd's stage-worthy renderings of Yerma, Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba, and a more experimental play, The Audience, a kaleidoscopic exploration of sexual identity and theater.

Reviews:

"Kidd’s translations are excellent, both accurate and readable, and the biographical and critical guides are useful."
   —Jonathan Mayhew, University of Kansas

 

About the Author:

Michael Kidd is Professor of Languages and Cross-Cultural Studies, Augsburg University.


 

CONTENTS:

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction

Biographical Sketch

  • 1. The Taste of Earth (1898–1909)
  • 2. The Smell of Mystery (1909–1919)
  • 3. Capital Gains (1919–1928)
  • 4. Highs and Lows (1928–1929)
  • 5. Far from Home (1929–1930)
  • 6. New Hope (1930–1933)
  • 7. International Celebrity (1933–1935)
  • 8. Poisoned Well (1935–1936)
  • 9. Return to Earth (Summer 1936)

Critical Guide

  • 1. Lorca's Place in Spanish Theater
  • 2. Performance History and Reception of Lorca's Plays
  • 3. Signature Elements of Lorca’s Theater
  • 4. The Four Plays in Brief

Translator's Note

  • The Audience: Drama in Five Tableaux
  • Blood Wedding: Tragedy in Three Acts and Seven Tableaux
  • Yerma: Tragic Poem in Three Acts and Six Tableaux
  • The House of Bernarda Alba: Drama about Women in the Villages of Spain

Appendix 1: Variations from García-Posada's Text
Appendix 2: Professional Debuts of Lorca's Plays
For Further Reading