Over the course of his relatively short career, Federico García Lorca produced a body of work which includes not only poetry and theatre but also prose, essays, music and drawing. He is best known for the plays that form his rural trilogy (

Bodas de sangre

[Blood Wedding],



La casa de Bernarda Alba

[The House of Bernarda Alba]) and for his books of verse

Romancero gitano

[Gypsy Ballads] and

Poeta en Nueva York

[Poet in New York]. Although he never considered himself to be a political writer, in the increasingly polarized Spain of the early 1930s his sympathies lay with the Republic. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was arrested by Nationalist insurgents and summarily executed a few miles from Granada.

Lorca was born on 5 June 1898 to a wealthy landowner, Federico García

2992 words

Citation: Bonaddio, Federico. "Federico García Lorca". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 November 2008 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=4924, accessed 15 June 2024.]

4924 Federico García Lorca 1 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

Save this article

If you need to create a new bookshelf to save this article in, please make sure that you are logged in, then go to your 'Account' here

Leave Feedback

The Literary Encyclopedia is a living community of scholars. We welcome comments which will help us improve.