Lorca An Appreciation of His Poetry Author:Roy Campbell This is Roy Campbell's celebrated study of Federico Garcia Lorca, with selected translations of his poetry. — "It would seem that Roy Campbell was born to write this explosive little book," Dudley Fitts wrote in the new York Times. "He himself has so many of the qualities that he finds, or imagines he finds, in Federico Garcia Lorca - the dash, t... more »he gallantry, the Andalusian mixture of raw living and mysticism, and above all, the poetry - that one could scarcely imagine a happier coincidence of author and subject."
Other critics were less kind. Fitts had also observed that Campbell "manages in his fine rage to say things that should not have been said ... calculated to discompose rather than to illuminate," and Stephen Spender, in both a New Republic review and a letter to the Times Literary Supplement took heated issue with Campbell's claim that "no book about Lorca has so far appeared which has not tried to use him as a political symbol." Rolfe Humphries, writing in The Nation, asserted that he "cannot help feeling a little shocked by this performance."
Lorca's audience has grown considerably since this book first appeared in 1952, and passions which generated much of the criticism at the time of its publication have abated. It seems timely  to reissue a study of Lorca and translations of his poems which have been characterized by The Times Literary Supplement: "A book of genuine feeling and insight, passionately, formally, and often beautifully written," and by The Nation: "An admirable discussion not only of Lorca, but also of the French symbolists, of Spanish poetry, and of poetry in general."« less