Five Plays; Comedies and Tragicomedies

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New Directions Publishing, 1963 - Drama - 246 pages
Federico Garcia Lorca's position as one of the few geniuses of the modern theatre was firmly established in the English-speaking world with his Three Tragedies . Here, with an introduction by the dramatist's brother, Francisco Garcia Lorca, are five of his comedies," in the authorized translations, extensively revised to reflect recent Lorca scholarship and to convey the sparkle, freshness, and magic of the original Spanish. The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife tells of a young beauty married to an old man, a theme that often concerned Lorca. The resolution for the earnest shoemaker, who leaves home and comes back disguised as a puppeteer, is lighthearted, but there is underlying pathos. The Love of Don Perlimplin is again about a girl who weds someone much older, this time a bookish, 18th-century gentleman, who seeks an original but sardonic way out of the situation. According to Lorca himself, "Dona Rosita is the outer gentleness and inner scorching of a girl in Granada who, little by little, turns into that grotesque and moving thing - an old maid in Spain." "
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The BillyClub Puppets
13
The Shoemakers Prodigious Wife
57
The Love of Don Perlimplin
105
Dona Rosita the Spinster
131
The Butterflys Evil Spell
191
Music for the Plays
237
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Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1937) was born in Granada, Spain. A poet and playwright (Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba), he was killed by the Falangists in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. James Graham-Lujan is a translator and playwright. Richard L. O'Connell was a translator and playwright.

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