During his lifetime, Lorca only had one book of prose published: Impresiones y Paisajes (Impressions and Landscapes). The book was published in 1918 by the P.V.Traveset Press in Granada. It was the fruit of a series of study tours throughout Spain that Lorca undertook under the guidance of Don Martín Domínguez Berrueta, Professor of Art History at the University of Granada. The collection of prose descriptions and impressions came as a surprise to even his closest friends who, until then, had considered Lorca a budding musician.

The cover was designed by the local artist Ismael González de la Serna, a good friend of Lorca's.

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Though Lorca, as a creative artist, never returned consciously to the medium of prose, he did leave a large body of "incidental writing" which comes under that category. This body of writing includes lectures and talks and commented poetry readings, speeches and homages, personal correspondence and interviews. Much of this writing is of great literary value in itself, while giving invaluable insights into the esthetic ideas, creative process and private life of the poet, not easily accessible in the poetic and dramatic writing.

A unique piece of creative prose writing is to be found in the "legend" Historia de este gallo (The Story of this Cock) that Lorca wrote for the first issue of the local Granada literary magazine gallo which he finally launched in February 1928. This work suggests that imaginative short story writing could have become another facet of the poet's wide range of creative self-expression, had he lived to develop it.

Lorca's correspondence is a veritable goldmine of Lorquian literary images and originality and reveal at the same time much fascinating biographical detail.

You might be interested in either of the following editions:
Selected Letters (Hardback)
Selected Letters (Paperback)

Of the homages and speeches, outstanding is the Alocución al pueblo de Fuente Vaqueros (Allocution to his natal village of Fuente Vaqueros), an elogy to the Vega of Granada, the extensive, Genil River valley plain that was a never-ending source of inspiration and material for his poetic and theatrical works.

It is worth pointing out that all of Lorca's orally delivered pieces were previously written down and he never appeared in public to give a talk or make a speech without a piece of paper in his hand. He rarely needed to refer to  and he often deviated from the written version, which he would then amend from delivery to delivery. The following is a list of talks and lectures with the date of their first "performance":

The interviews that Lorca gave to the press give more evidence of the poet's eloquence, startling imagery and flights of fancy while revealing important facets of his life and personality. As an example, I would like to mention here only the Diálogos de un caricaturista salvaje, the interview he gave to the "wild charicaturist Luis Bagaría which appeared in El Sol newspaper on 10 June 1936.

Although the interview has a very spontaneous and colloquial effect, the questions were given to Lorca in writing, to which he then wrote his considered replies. So there can be no question of Lorca "talking off the top of his head". The interview reveals Lorca deeply committed to political democracy, economic equality and complete freedom of expression - in a word, to the most radical aims of Second Republic, already seriously under threat from fascism, barbary and reaction.

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