Federico Garcia Lorca
- Category : Writer
- Type : GP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Consciousness 2
Spanish writer, a poet and playwright. Unusual looking, he had large, dreamy eyes and a big head, a clumsy body, flat feet and a rigid walk which he bemoaned, "Oh my clumsy walk!" He was afraid of crossing streets because he could not run should a speeding car approach.
The son of a wealthy landowner of Andalucia and a former school teacher, Lorca lived happily in the Andalucian countryside. He loved being close to nature, which had a great influence in his future poems, before his family moved to Granada.
From childhood, he showed talent in music, writing and drawing. He was not a very successful student and was loathed by some uptight teachers, though praised by the teachers who recognized his talent. His great musical skill gave him the confidence to study piano with the goal of playing on the concert stage. Due to his father's objection, he was forced to take a law degree instead, in Madrid.
As a student, he lived in a university hostel. Highly popular, his friends leaned toward intellectuals and artists, including Luis Bunuel, Salvador Dali (with whom he had an ill-fated love affair) and Rafael Alberti. During 1929-1930, he visited the American east coast and New York City, where he witnessed the Wall Street Crash. His visit resulted in his volume, "A Poet in New York." He concluded his journey with a visit to Cuba, where he was well received and had a happy time.
A supporter of the Spanish Republic, Lorca founded a university theater company, "La Barraca" in 1930-32. Subsidized by the government, the company traveled throughout the Spanish villages and towns, performing the classics to the local people free of charge. In 1933-34, Lorca was triumphantly received in Argentina, gaining commercial success with his plays and earning an affluent position. In 1934-35, he repeated his success in Spain in spite of right-wing dissidents who criticized him severely, calling him a "Jewish-Marxist" and an "atheist."
On 7/14/1936, shortly before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, Lorca stayed in his home town in Granada. On 8/09/1936, his presence was noted by the Nationalists (Spanish fascists) who began to search for him. Being a Republican supporter, a successful "subversive" poet and playwright and the son of a Republican liberal landowner, Lorca was deeply loathed by the ultra-conservative and envious bourgeoisie of Granada. Physically clumsy and inept, he took refuge in the home of Luis Rosales, a Falangist poet friend. He was captured there and arrested on 8/16/1936 and charged by Ramon Ruiz Alonso, an ex-MP and a friend of Lorca's father's enemies, of being "a subversive writer, a Russian spy, a friend of minister Fernando de los Rios and a homosexual."
In spite of appeals made by his Falangist friends, Lorca was shot down in the early hours of 8/18/1936* in Puente Grande, near Granada, along with a Republican school-teacher and two anarchist bull-fighters. Wounded and suffering, according to his biographer, tortured, he was given medication for ease until he died of a final gunshot. His body was never found and supposedly lies buried in a mass grave by a nearby hill along with 4,000 other victims of the Nationalists. He had long held a premonition about his tragic death.