ABSTRACT

In April of 1926 the young professor and poet Jorge Guillén introduced Federico García Lorca to an audience in Valladolid who had come to hear the younger poet give a recital of his verse (Gibson 1985: 448). Lorca had already earned a ‘gloria privada’ [private glory], said Guillén, precisely because of such events; yet much of his writing was uncollected and had so far reached only a small circle — the groups of friends in the Residencia de Estudiantes to whom Lorca read his verse, the fewer still to whom he wrote and confided his plans. This curious state of affairs would soon change, Guillén predicted, for Federico’s poetry could not remain unpublished for long:

Por fin, y por fortuna, va a comenzar ese vuelo. En este año publicará tres libros: uno, aún sin título, compuesto de las que él llama suites; otro, Canciones; y un tercero, Cante jondo. (Gibson 1985: 448) 1

[Finally, and fortunately, his poetry is about to take off. This year he will bring out three books: one, still untitled, made up of what he calls suites; another one, Songs, and a third one, Deep Song.]