Lorca's passionate, lyrical tales of longing and revenge put the spotlight on the rural poor of 1930s Spain and are considered masterpieces of twentieth-century theatre. These plays exhibit Lorca's intense anger at the injustices of society, and his determination to create art that might remedy it.The collection contains Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba, in sensitive, accurate and playable translations, and a full introduction to Lorca, his times and his work.The NHB Drama Classics series presents the world's greatest plays in affordable, highly readable editions for students, actors and theatregoers. The hallmarks of the series are accessible introductions (focussing on the play's theatrical and historical background, together with an author biography, key dates and suggestions for further reading) and the complete text, uncluttered with footnotes. The translations, by leading experts in the field, are accurate and above all actable. The editions of English-language plays include a glossary of unusual words and phrases to aid understanding.
Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936) is the author of The House of Bernarda Alba, Yerma and Blood Wedding, among many other plays. He also wrote some of the best poetry in Spanish of the 20th century. He was assassinated during the Spanish Civil War. Jo Clifford is Professor of Theatre and Bill Findlay Fellow of Stage Translation at Queen Margaret's University College Edinburgh, and Associate Playwright of the Playwrights' Studio, Scotland. Her plays include the original works Losing Venice and Light in the Village, and adaptations of Faust and Celestina all published by NHB. Jo lives in Edinburgh.