The work of Federico García Lorca, Spain's greatest modern poet, has long been admired for its emotional intensity and metaphorical brilliance. This revised Selected Verse, which incorporates changes made in Christopher Maurer's landmark 2002 edition of Lorca's Collected Poems, is the most wide-ranging abridgement of his verse available in English. As vividly and sensitively rendered by some ten translators—Catherine Brown, Cola Franzen, Angela Jaffray, Galway Kinnell, Will Kirkland, Christopher Maurer, Jerome Rothenberg, Greg Simon, Alan S. Trueblood, and Steven F. White—the poems in this selection appear in a clear, bilingual, facing-pages format.
Editor Maurer, a leading scholar of this poet's life and work, draws from every book of poems that Lorca published during his lifetime while also including several uncollected poems. Lorca's poetic range comes clearly into view, from the playful Suites and stylized evocations of Andalusia to the utter gravity and mystery of the final elegies—thus confirming his stature as one of the twentieth century's finest poets.
The book concludes with an Index of Titles, an extensive Bibliography, biographical summaries for all of the translators, and an in-depth yet accessible array of Notes to the Poems (as made by Maurer throughout).