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Garcia Lorca Poet of the Andalusians Federico Garcia Lorca is one of Spains most famous artists He played a large role in transforming the Spanish theatre of the twentieth century In addition to his original works for the theatres in Barcelona and Madrid the traveling university theatre he directed La Baracca brought classic Spanish dramas to audiences throughout rural Spain Before his execution by the Fascists in 1936 he had amassed a large body of work His last three plays established Lorcas international reputation as a playwright Born in a small town near the city of Granada in Southern Spain in the Andalusian Mountains he was deeply influenced by the Gypsy and Arabic culture there His father was a well-to-do farmer his mother a highly educated school teacher From the beginning it was she who nurtured his musical and poetic talentsHonig 2 He left home for the University of Granada at the age of sixteen to earn a degree in law A mediocre student he was frustrated by subjects he did not immediately grasp He cut many classes preferring instead to seek the company of literary men write verse into the wee hours of the morning and play piano in night clubs for hours on endStainton While in Granada he met Fernando de los Rios a professor at the university and an important political figure who became his mentor Following Rios advice Lorca left Granada for Madrid in 1919 He lived at the Residencia de Estudantes a Spanish version of Oxford where the atmosphere was serious and scholarlyDuran 3 It was here he became close friends with the famous Salvador Dali Gerardo Diego a poet and Luis Bunuel who would later become a great film director In 1929 he traveled to New York where Fernando de los Rios arranged for him to attend Columbia University for a short while He was in the throes of a mysterious emotional crisis the details
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