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Collected Poems

Federico García Lorca; Edited by Christopher Maurer

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A revised edition of this major writer’s complete poetical work

And I who was walking
with the earth at my waist,
saw two snowy eagles
and a naked girl.
The one was the other
and the girl was neither.
     —from ”Qasida of the Dark Doves”

Federico García Lorca is the greatest poet of twentieth-century Spain and one of the world’s most influential modernist writers. Christopher Maurer, a leading García Lorca scholar and editor, has substantially revised FSG’s earlier edition of the collected poems of this charismatic and complicated figure, who—as Maurer says in his illuminating introduction—“spoke unforgettably of all that most interests us: the otherness of nature, the demons of personal identity and artistic creation, sex, childhood, and death.”

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“[The translations are] both ingenious and accurate, setting a very high standard for translation of verse from Spanish.” —Michael Wood, The New York Review of Books

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Federico García Lorca; Edited by Christopher Maurer

  • Federico García Lorca was born in 1898 in Fuente Vaqueros, a few miles outside Granada in the province of Andalusia, southern Spain. From an early age he was fascinated by Spain's mixed heritage, adapting its ancient folk songs, ballads, lullabies, and flamenco music into poems and plays. By the age of thirty, he had published five books of poems, culminating in 1928 with Gypsy Ballads, which brought him far-reaching fame. In 1929-30 he studied in New York City, where he wrote the poems—among his most socially engaging and compelling—that were to be published posthumously (and famously) as Poet in New York. Upon returning to Spain he devoted much of his attention to theater, "the poetry which rises from the page . . . and becomes human." In 1936, at the outset of the Spanish Civil War, he was shot to death by anti-Republican rebels in Franco's army, and his books were banned and destroyed.

    Christopher Maurer, the editor of García Lorca's Selected Verse, Poet in New York, and other works, is the author of numerous books and articles on Spanish poetry. He is head of the Department of Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
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Federico García Lorca; Edited by Christopher Maurer

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