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Zóbel Reads Lorca

Poetry, Painting, and Perlimplín In Love


Translated and Illustrated by Fernando Zóbel
Essays by Felipe Pereda, Luis Fernández Cifuentes, and Christopher Maurer
With a Preface by Marta Mateo
A cherished erotic play by Federico García Lorca, illustrated by a major Spanish artist.
Painting, poetry, and music come together in Zóbel Reads Lorca, as Fernando Zóbel, a Harvard student who would become one of Spain’s most famous painters, translates and illustrates Federico García Lorca’s haunting play about the wounds of love.
The premiere of Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín, an “erotic allelujia” which Lorca once called his most cherished play, was shut down in 1928 by Spanish government censors who confiscated the manuscript and locked it away in the pornography section of a state archive. Lorca rewrote the work in New York, and an amateur theater group brought it to the Spanish stage a few years later. Since his death, the play has also been transformed into ballet and opera.
Zóbel Reads Lorca presents Zóbel’s previously unpublished translation and features contextual essays from several scholars. Art historian Felipe Pereda studies Lorca in the context of Zóbel’s development as a painter, Luis Fernández Cifuentes describes the precarious and much-debated state of the humanities in Zóbel’s Harvard and throughout the United States in the 1940s, and Christopher Maurer delves into musical and visual aspects of the play’s American productions.

180 pages | illustrated in color plates throughout | 6 x 9

Art: European Art

Biography and Letters

Literature and Literary Criticism: Dramatic Works

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Table of Contents

Marta Mateo vii
Zóbel Reads Lorca: The Painter’s Early Years in New England
Felipe Pereda 1
Zóbel’s Harvard and the 1940s Crisis in Higher Education
Luis Fernández Cifuentes 41
American Perlimplín
Christopher Maurer 63
About the Translation
Christopher Maurer 81
Federico García Lorca
Don Perlimplín in Love
Translated by Fernando Zóbel 83
Federico García Lorca
Music to Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín

Arranged by Gustavo Pittaluga 123
From Stage to Page: A Perlimplín Chronology
Christopher Maurer and Lincoln Son Currie 127
Illustrations 141
Notes 145
Bibliography 165
Acknowledgments 171

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