Episode 8 – Christopher Maurer

A conversation about Spanish poet Federico García Lorca

Professor Maurer writes about Spanish poetry from Garcilaso to the so-called Generación del 27. Three of his major research interests are biography, textual criticism, and poetry’s relations with music and painting. His most recent book with Andrew A. Anderson, Federico Garcia Lorca en Nueva York y La Habana: Cartas y recuerdos (Galaxia Gutenberg, 2013).

Prof. Maurer is the editor of García Lorca’s Collected Poems and Selected Verse; his lectures (Conferencias); his early prose (Prosa inédita de juventud), and editor, with Andrew A. Anderson, of García Lorca’s complete letters (Epistolario completo). His translated books include Lorca’s Deep Song and Other Prose, In Search of Duende, and A Season in Granada, a collection of letters between Lorca and Salvador Dalí (Sebastian’s Arrows published by Swan Isle Press),  The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracián, an anthology of Gracián’s other writings (A Pocket Mirror for Heroes) and works by Juan Ramón Jiménez (The Complete Perfectionist: A Poetics of Work) (Spanish translation fall 2016, Madrid, Fundamentos).  His biography of American painter and writer Walter Inglis Anderson won the 2003 Eudora Welty Award and the Non Fiction Prize of the Mississippi Academy of Arts and Letters.

He recently edited “Streets and Dreams,” a digital humanities project mapping Lorca’s movements in New York (1929-30) and co-curated, with Andres Soria Olmedo, the exhibition “Back Tomorrow: Lorca, Poet in New York” at the New York Public Library. Maurer is a Miembro Correspondiente of the Real Academia Española.

“Jardín deshecho: Lorca y el amor”, an exhibition of manuscripts, photos, letters and drawings related to love–the central theme of Lorca’s poetry and theater–will be at the Centro Federico García Lorca, Granada until January 6, 2020.

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