Lorca: A Dream of Life

Lorca A Dream of Life With a rare blend of grace warmth and scholarship Leslie Stainton raises the stakes of our appreciation for the greatest of Spain s modern poets Federico Garcia Lorca Drawing on fourteen years of

  • Title: Lorca: A Dream of Life
  • Author: Leslie Stainton
  • ISBN: 9780374527020
  • Page: 464
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a rare blend of grace, warmth, and scholarship, Leslie Stainton raises the stakes of our appreciation for the greatest of Spain s modern poets, Federico Garcia Lorca Drawing on fourteen years of research than a hundred letters unknown to prior biographers exclusive interviews with Lorca s friends, family, and acquaintances and dozens of newly discovered archiWith a rare blend of grace, warmth, and scholarship, Leslie Stainton raises the stakes of our appreciation for the greatest of Spain s modern poets, Federico Garcia Lorca Drawing on fourteen years of research than a hundred letters unknown to prior biographers exclusive interviews with Lorca s friends, family, and acquaintances and dozens of newly discovered archival material, Stainton has brought her subject to Life as few writers can She describes his carefree childhood in rural Andalusia his residencies in Madrid and Granada, then in New York, Havana, and Buenos Aires his potent interaction with other Spanish artists, such as Salvador Dali, Luis Bunuel, and the composer Manuel de Falla and, finally, Stainton shows how Lorca s marginal political activity during the Spanish Civil War still cost him his life.Throughout, Stainton meticulously but unobtrusively relates the oeuvre to the life Her biography is quickly becoming the standard one volume work on the poet.

    One thought on “Lorca: A Dream of Life”

    1. Μια απο τις πιο διεισδυτικες βιογραφίες. Δεν αρκέστηκε στην απλή καταγραφή της ζωής και του έργου του αλλά εμβαθυνε υπεροχα στον ιδιαίτερο χαρακτήρα του μυστηριώδους Λόρκα.

    2. Orion bought me this book for my birthday four years ago. It is in a box in Marshall, but by coincidence, I picked it up at the library the other day. I was mostly interested in this for a few specific years of his work, but it is a well-written of this Spanish playwright and poet. To be crass, he was queer, a Spanish Republican through the war, and executed by fascists. He lived a really interesting life beyond those things, though maybe they are enough. If you are looking for a good biography [...]

    3. Wonderful, very complete and in-depth biography of the great and tragically murdered poet and dramatist, Federico Garcia Lorca. Stitched together in large part out of quotes from FGL and his friends and family and colleagues, there is very little authorial embroidery. Stainton respects the fact that the poet explicated his own life and state of mind with elaborate clarity, and adds factual details and connective tissue only where necessary. She makes no assumptions and is respectful of her sourc [...]

    4. Interesting, and informative about Lorca's life. I was initially bothered by the author's speculations about Lorca's responses and feelings (what did he feel when he saw Granada for the first time?), but these were presumably based on her research about what, say, Granada looked like at the time, and it became less noticeable with time. I would have liked to have had more information about the events surrounding Lorca's death, but I appreciate that at the time of writing less was available. That [...]

    5. I got turned on to Lorca through the work of Jack Spicer, and had this bio sitting on my shelf for a long time before cracking it open. The size of the tome was definitely a little bit intimidating, but once I got into it, it was pretty breezy reading. As the back cover touts, Stainton does do a good job of weaving together Lorca's life with his oevre, and her exploration of his relationship to other artists, especially Dali and Neruda, is spectacular. That having been said, the writing itself c [...]

    6. My sole complaint in regards to this work is one that echoes many other readers here, the speculations made by the author about a wide array of things Lorca felt or experienced privately. There are many observations that can be backed up by letters and other writings by Lorca, but some, most notably the final moments of his life, are so certainly unknowable that the author's speculations felt domineering and showy. I value the perspective of the author nonetheless as they had access to such a we [...]

    7. I've always thought Lorca was a thrilling poet with lines like "The dark archers approach Seville. . .". I thought of him as solemn and serious and kind of old. So traveling in Spain this summer, I downloaded his bio onto my Kindle, and was amazed to discover that he was a cutup, a hedonist, a pampered boy, a creative genius, and openly gay (among his loves was Salvador Dali). He was also a victim of one of the very dark periods in Spain's history--the rise of Franco (the other being the Inquisi [...]

    8. This is a very detailed and thoroughly researched piece of work with many insights into Lorca's life, friends and, in particular, his unpublished and even his unwritten manuscripts. However, the main weakness as I see it is a tendency to lapse into over-sentimentality and, more infuriatingly, to write as if with insider knowledge of Lorca's own thoughts and those of other people referred to in the book. This interrupts the factual credibility of what is otherwise a very full account of Lorca's l [...]

    9. I may need to come back to this review later. It's hard to think of the work as a whole when it ends with a pretty brutal murder and a stark portrayal of an amazing life cut short. Nevertheless, the book is extremely well written and researched. I recommend it if you are interested in poetry, Spain in the 20's and 30's, or the lives of artists in general.

    10. This is an amazing and exceptionally well written book about the life of the Spanish poet, Federico Garcia Lorca. If you are a Lorca fan, this is a must read for you. Also an excellent resource for teachers of poetry.

    11. Useful and detailed, but Stainton's Anglo-Saxon skepticism toward Lorca's romanticism and class privilege sometimes veers into derision and condescension, which left a bad taste in this reader's mouth.

    12. Lorca's life is fascinating. I particulary loved his New York Years. This is a very comprehensive yet engaging biography.

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