Famed Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) is well-known for his collection of poems, Poeta en Nueva York, based on his experiences studying English at Columbia University in 1929. However, New York City wasn’t the farthest north Lorca visited here in the U.S.
In August of 1929, Lorca ventured all the way up to Hardwick, VT where he spent ten days at a Lake Eden cottage with friend and supposed lover Phillip Cummings. There, Lorca spent his time talking about poetry with Cummings and writing some of his most intense and haunting poems, many of which contain images of Vermont landscapes.
Read more here about Lorca’s time in Vermont.
Born near Granada in Fuente Vaqueros, Spain, to a prosperous farm owner and a pianist, prominent 20th-century Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca studied law at at the University of Granada before relocating to Madrid in 1919 to focus on his writing. In Madrid he joined a group of avant-garde artists that included Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. The group, collectively known as the “Generation of ’27,” introduced Lorca to Surrealism, a movement that would greatly influence his writing. In August 1936, at the onset of the Spanish Civil War, Lorca was arrested at his country home in Granada by Francisco Franco’s soldiers. He was executed by a firing squad a few days later.
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