Lorca, Federico Garcia.
THE POET IN NEW YORK.New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1940.
First Edition. "Then I realized I had been murdered. / They looked for me in cafes, cemeteries and churches .... but they did not find me. / They never found me? / No. They never found me." - Lorca, Federico Garcia. THE POET IN NEW YORK. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. 1940. 8vo., 240pp. True First Edition, preceding all others, issued just a few weeks in advance of the Mexican Edition. Bi-lingual text, with translation into English by Rolfe Humphries, brief Introduction & closing Biographical Note by Hershel Brickell. Dull pumpkin orange cloth boards, gilt-stamped at spine, brown topstain, fore & bottom edges untrimmed. A fine example in a very good or better example of the uncommon light tan original correctly priced dustwrapper with the New York skyline cameo on front panel. The dustwrapper with some neat reversible Japanese paper & methyl cellulose archival repair primarily to some small loss at the spine crown, corners & top edge. An important book & one of the great rarities in the field of Modern Literature. A very nice copy. Custom TBCL embossed orange cloth slipcase. Federico del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús García Lorca [1898-1936] Spanish dramatist, theatre director; the greatest Spanish poet of his age, a Surrealist in technique. In June 1929, García Lorca travelled to America with Fernando de los Rios on the SS Olympic, a sister liner to the Titanic. They stayed mostly in New York City, where Rios started a lecture tour & García Lorca enrolled at Columbia University School of General Studies, funded by his parents. He studied English but, was more absorbed by writing than study. He also spent time in Vermont & later in Havana, Cuba. This collection Poeta en Nueva York (A poet in New York, published posthumously in 1940) explores alienation & isolation through some graphically experimental poetic techniques & was influenced by the Wall Street crash which he personally witnessed. This condemnation of urban capitalist society & materialistic modernity was a sharp departure from his earlier work & label as a folklorist. Lorca was rounded up and shot during the Spanish Civil War, but it remains unclear precisely why. His homosexual life-style may have contributed to the charges against him. Whatever the true cause, his death was a great loss to Spanish literature and art.
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