Photo: Federico Garcia Lorca
A rare first draft of Federico Garcia Lorca’s poem ‘Oficina y Denuncia’ (Office and Denunciation) has been accidentally found in the U.S. Library of Congress. It is considered rare because it contains corrections in pencil written by the poet himself.
Lorca is part of Spain’s rich literary history and a member of the Generation 27 literary movement. He came to the U.S., staying mostly in New York after making a name for himself in Spain and Latin America. It was during this period that ‘Oficina y Denuncia’ was written that speaks of isolation of an immigrant, and the arrogance of a big city that values only money.
The final version of the poem, which is part of his Poet in New York collection came out in 1929-30, do not include the pencil corrections found on this first draft.
A Boston University professor that is writing a book about Garcia Lorca and his time in New York made the discovery.