{Alhambra Pic}
PERIOD 1929-1932 -- CHRONOLOGY 3


  • January: La degollación de los inocentes published in La Gazeta Literaria with an illustration by Dalí (the last collaboration between the two).
    In Cadaqués, Dalí and Buñuel are working on their surrealistic film Un chien andalou.

  • 6 Febrary: The performance of el Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín, being rehearsed at Cipriano Rivas Cherif’s Caracol theatre, is banned on the eve of its opening night purportedly because of the death of King Alonso XIII’s mother.

  • Holy Week: Lorca takes part as a penitent in the Santa María de la Alhambra procession.

  • 29 April: Mariana Pineda is performed in Granada.

  • 5 May: Banquet in honour of Lorca and Margarita Xirgú on the occasion of the performance of Mariana Pineda in Granada.
    It fills me with true sadness to see my name on every street corner (in Granada) the place where now more than ever I need its silence and the spiritual density of its air to carry on this duel to the death with my heart and with poetry. With my heart to free me from the impossible passion which destroys (...)

    My drama is the feeble work of a novice and though it might display some sign of my poetic temperament, it does not correspond at all to my present day criteria about the theatre.

  • 6 June: First showing of Dalí and Buñuel’s Le chien andalou in Paris.

  • 11 June: Passes through Paris on his way to New York via England.

  • 17 June: In Oxford.

  • 19 June: Sets sail for New York. He enrolls at Columbia University for a course in English and lives at the Furnald Hall student residence.

  • August: Writes the first poems of Poeta en Nueva York - Rey de Harlem and 1910 (Intermisión).

  • 16 August: Visits Philip Cummings at Eden Mills (Vermont). Lorca leaves a packet of papers with Cummings which contain a diatribe against “those people working against him”, including Dali. Lorca asks Cummings to destroy them if anything happens to him; which he does, in 1961.

  • 29 August: Leaves Eden Mills to stay with Ángel del Río at Bushnellsville in the Catskill Mountains and later Federico de Onís at Gardnertown, Newburgh.

  • 20 September: Returns to New York and takes up residence this time at John Jay Hall, Columbia University.

  • October 1929: Wall Street Crash

  • End 1929: Writes poem Infancia y muerte and filmscript Viaje a la Luna for Mexican artist Emilio Amero.

  • December: Wedding in Granada of Lorca’s sister, Concha, with the doctor Manuel Fernández-Montesinos.

    {New York 1932}

    {New York, Fifth Avenue, 1930}


  • January: Leaves John Jay Hall to share a room with José Antonio Rubio Sacristán (an old friend from the Resi in Madrid) who has just arrived in New York.

  • 28 January: Dictator Primo de Rivera is replaced by more moderate General Dámaso Berenger.

  • 6 February: La Argentinita and Ignacio Sánchez Mejías arrive in New York.
    Starts working with La Argentinita on arrangements for voice and piano accompaniment of Spanish popular songs.
    {La Argentinita}

  • 6 March: Arrival in Cuba.

  • March-June: Gives talks in Cuba on La mecánica de la poesía; Paraíso cerrado...; Canciones de cuna españoles; La imagen poética de don Luis de Góngora; La arquitectura del cante jondo. He is also working on El Público (which he finishes in the summer in Granada and later in the year reads in Carlos Morla Lynch’s house in Madrid) and Así que pasen cinco años. Writes Son de negros en Cuba and finishes Oda a Walt Whitman.

  • 30 June: Arrives in Cádiz, Spain.

  • 12 December: military rebellion in favour of the Republic in Jaca (Huesca). Its leaders, Galán and García Hernández are executed. 24 December: Opening night of La Zapatera Prodigiosa in Madrid.


  • January: Four poems from the Poeta en Nueva York collection - Ruina, Vaca, Muerte and Nueva York: oficina y denuncia appear in the Revista de Occidente.

  • February: Moves into a rented studio in calle Ayala, Madrid.

  • March: La Voz de su Amo releases the first of five records of Canciones populares españolas sung by La Argentinita with Lorca accompanying her at the piano.
    Meets the Argentinian actress Lola Membrives.

  • 12 April: Municipal Elections.

  • 14 April: King Alfonso XIII abdicates.

  • 23 May: Poema de el Canto Jondo published (written in November 1921).

    November: The founding of La Barraca, the travelling students’ theatre group of which Lorca is appointed artistic director.
    {El poema del cante jondo: book cover}}

  • 19 August: Así que pasen cinco años finished and dated. This summer he is also working on Retablillo de Don Cristóbal, El Amor de Don Perlimplín and Diván del Tamarit.

  • 1932

  • March-May: A series of talks for the Comités de Cooperación Intelectual in Valladolid, Seville, Vigo, La Coruña, Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Madrid and San Sebastián. Rehearsals underway at La Barraca.

  • 10 July: First public performance of La Barraca in Burgo de Osma: La cueva de Salamanca. Tour ends with a performance of La vida es sueño in Madrid.

  • Summer: Finished Bodas de sangre at the Huerta de San Vicente.

  • 10 August: General Sanjurjo attempts insurrection against the Republic.

  • August/Semptember: On tour with La Barraca

  • September: reads Bodas de Sangre in Carlos Morla’s house in Madrid .

  • October: Barraca performance of La vida es sueño at the Isabel la católica theatre, Granada.

  • Autumn: Lorca’s parents move to Madrid. Lorca gives up his own flat and moves in with them.

  • December:
    Barraca performance of La vida es sueño at Español theatre, Madrid.

  • Meets Miguel Hernández.
  • {The Shadow (=Death) in <I>La vida es sueño</I>, performed by Lorca}

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