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PERIOD 1925-1928 -- CHRONOLOGY 2


  • 1925: “The Dehumanisation of Art” by Ortega y Gasset published.

  • 8 January: Mariana Pineda finished and dated.

  • 13 April: Invited to give poetry recital in El Ateneo de Barcelona. Lorca takes advantage of the invitation to visit Salvador Dalí and his family in Cadaqués. He reads Mariana Pineda, first in Cadaqués, then in Figueras. In Cadaqués, Dalí gets Lorca to pose as a corpse and his sister Ana María takes photos, which the painter uses to compose Naturaleza muerta (Invitación al sueño) – Still Life (Invitation to a Dream) – finished in 1926. On his return to Madrid, Lorca starts writing Oda a Salvador Dalí.

  • Summer 1925: Last summer in Asquerosa. He is working on Amor de don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín. He reads an early version of La zapatera prodigiosa to Miguel Cerón and Fernando Vílchez in Granada.

  • July: Writes El paseo de Buster Keaton.

  • Autumn: Lorca meets the sculptor Emilio Aladrén.
    Paco (his brother Francisco) goes to study in Bordeaux; Dalí, at 21, has an exhibition of his paintings in a Barcelona gallery; meanwhile Lorca’s career seems to be at a standstill.

  • 1925: Directorio Civil replaces Directorio Militar, implying a softening of Primo de Rivera’s dictatorship.


  • January/February: Excursions to the Alpujarra with Manuel de Falla, etc. on the look-out for local folklore, popular songs, etc.

  • 13 February: Gives a talk on La imagen poética de don Luis de Góngora at the Ateneo Científico y Literario in Granada.

  • April: Oda a Salvador Dalí is published in Revista de Occidente.

  • May: Dalí & Lorca together in Madrid. Is this when Lorca tried to consummate physically his love for Dalí? Twice, according to Dalí’s testimony. When “nothing happened” and “anyway it hurt” (quoting Dalí). When Margarita Manso offered herself as a substitute for the painter?

  • Summer 1926: The first summer spent in the Huerta de San Vicente which his father had acquired the year before. Lorca is under a lot of parental pressure to give up his poetic vocation and get a proper job. Finishes an early version of Amor de don Perlimplín...

  • September: Approaches Jorge Guillén about how to go about getting a post as Chair of Literature. (Guillén has recently been made Chair of Literature at the University of Murcia.)

  • 10 October: Reyerta appears in La Verdad (Murcia) and in November San Miguel, Prendimiento de Antoñito el Camborio and Preciosa y el aire in Litoral.

  • 17 October: Gives his talk on Paraíso cerrado para muchos, jardines abiertos para pocos about the local poet Soto de Rojas in the Ateneo in Granada.


  • 1927: The year starts with Dalí exhibiting again at the Dalmau Gallery with 23 pictures, at least four of which contain references to Lorca; for example, Composición con tres figures (Academia neocubista).

  • April Gives a reading of Mariana Pineda at the Fontalba theatre in Madrid for Margarita Xirgu. She agrees to put it on in Barcelona in June.

  • May-August: In Cataluña. Firstly to oversee the preparations and rehearsals of Mariana Pineda. Meets Sebastià Gasch, Lluis Montanyà and other writers of the L’Amic de les Arts group. Visits Sitges and spends a few days in Cadaqués.
  • {composició amb tres figures (Academia Neocubista)}

  • 17 May: Canciones (poems 1921-24) published.

  • 24 June: Mariana Pineda, with decorations by Salvador Dalí, is put on in Barcelona by Margarita Xirgu’s Theatre Company. Season ends 3 July. Reyerta published in the Catalan magazine L’Amic de les Arts with a drawing by Dalí.

  • 25 June-2 July: Exhibition of drawings in Barcelona.

  • 12 October: Mariana Pineda opens in Madrid.

  • Autumn: Meets Vicente Aleixandre.

  • November: Prose poem Santa Lucía y San Lázaro published in Revista de Occidente.

  • December: Reads his talk on Góngora in La Residencia.

  • 16 December: In Seville for the third centenary celebrations of the death of Luis de Góngora, organised by the Ateneo de Sevilla and sponsored by the bullfighter Ignacio Sánchez Mejías. Other participants are: Dámaso Alonso, Luis Cernuda, Gerardo Diego, Jorge Guillén, José Bergamín, Rafael Alberti, Fernando Villalón and Juan Chabás.

    {Dámaso Alonso recalls the <I>Soledades</I> episode} In this restaurant I heard (with Federico Ga Lorca who brought me here)an empoyee recite the Soledades of Góngora. Many years later (our Federico was now dead) I heard the same employee recite the Soledades again. Now neither of us remembered them so well as before. Today all that is gone. The magic of Granada remains, and the hospitality and good cuisine of this house." - Dámaso Alonso, 15 Oct 1969.

  • December: Lorca orders the Soledad Primera for Dámaso Alonso at the El Sevilla Restaurant in Granada.

  • 1928

  • January-April: In Granada organising the publishing of the first editions of the literary magazine gallo. Excursion with Manuel de Falla to Guadix. Meets the American reporter, Mildred Adams.

  • March and May: The only two editions of gallo appear, a magazine that Lorca has been working on for a year, and pavo, which parodies conservative provincial attitudes to the arts in Granada. El paseo de Buster Keaton and La doncella, el marinero y el estudiante appear in the May issue, as does the Anti-artistic Manifesto of Dalí, Sebastian Gasch and Lluís Montanya.

  • April: Lorca is now writing the Oda a la Santísimo Sacramento and he finishes La zapatera...

  • May: Returns to Madrid and his relationship with Emilio Aladrén.

  • 25 July: The “crime of Níjar” reported in the newspaper ABC; the factual basis of Bodas de Sangre.
    Publication of Romancero Gitano.

  • September: Nadadora submergida and Suicidio en Alejandría published in L’Amic de les Arts and Mariana Pineda by Ediciones La Farsa.

  • Summer 1928: Writes of his emotional crisis in letters to (for example) Jorge Zalamea. (Alendrén has started a relationship with Eleanore Dove, who he will later marry).

  • 11 & 26 October: Gives his talks on Imaginación, inspiración, evasión (under the influence of Dalí) and Sketch de la nueva pintura (in which he elogises Dalí).

  • December: Fragments of Oda al Santísimo Sacramento del Altar published in Revista del Occidente. Talk on el patetismo de la canción de cuna española in the Residencia de Estudiantes, Madrid.

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