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Edwards, Gwynne

Works: 19 works in 33 publications in 2 languages and 4,814 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  History  Biography  Manuscripts  Songs  Fiction  Musical settings  Song cycles  Literatures 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor
Classifications: PQ6613.A763, 862.62
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Most widely held works by Gwynne Edwards
Lorca : living in the theatre by Gwynne Edwards( Book )

5 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lorca's theatre, like that of Strindberg and Tennessee Williams, voices his personal dilemmas, not least his homosexuality. This study of all his plays examines the way in which the dramatist's life was transformed into high art through influences as varied as Surrealism and Greek tragedy. In an attempt to cover as many aspects of Lorca's theatre and the time in which he lived as possible, Gwynne Edwards deals not only with the plays themselves but includes material on the social and political character of the 1920s and 1930s, on the cultural background, on Lorca's friendships with Dalí and Buñuel and on the performances of the plays in his lifetime and afterwards. Lorca is by far the best-known and most popular Spanish dramatist in the English-speaking world, not to mention Continental Europe. Anyone who wishes to know more about him will find it in this volume."--Publisher description
Dramatists in perspective : Spanish theatre in the twentieth century by Gwynne Edwards( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí : forbidden pleasures and connected lives by Gwynne Edwards( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

They were born within six years of each other and, as Gwynne Edwards reveals, their childhood circumstances were very similar. Each was affected by a narrow-minded society and an intolerant religious background which equated sex with sin and led all three to experience sexual problems of different kinds: Lorca, the guilt and anguish associated with his homosexuality; Buñuel, feelings of sexual inhibition; and Dalí, virtual impotence. Having met during the 1920s at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, they developed intense personal relationships and channeled their respective obsessions into the cultural forms then prevalent in Europe, in particular Surrealism. Rooted in emotional turmoil, their work--from Lorca's dramatic characters in search of sexual fulfillment, to Buñuel's frustrated men and women, and Dalí's potent images of shame and guilt--is highly autobiographical. Their left-wing outrage directed at bourgeois values and the Catholic Church was strongly felt, and in the case of Lorca in particular, was sharpened by the catastrophic Civil War of 1936-9, during the first months of which he was murdered by Franco's fascists. The war hastened Buñuel's departure to France and Mexico and Dalí's to New York. Edwards describes how, for the rest of his life, Buñuel clung to his left-wing ideals and made outstanding films, while the increasingly eccentric and money-obsessed Dalí embraced Fascism and the Catholic Church, and saw his art go into rapid decline
Yerma by Federico García Lorca( Book )

2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A young girl waits for her fiancé to return and marry her as she ages and loses her beauty
Burning the curtain : four revolutionary Spanish plays( Book )

4 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The four dramatists represented here express in their own different ways the issues which have been of the greatest concern both to themselves and to Spain as a whole in the wake of the Franco era. Their work also reflects a strong response to Frederico Garcia Lorca's demand that the playwright should 'burn the curtain' between himself and his audience
All you who sleep tonight by Jonathan Dove( )

2 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cultural journey through Andalusia : from Granada to Seville by Gwynne Edwards( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Andalusia is the most fascinating region of Spain, as well as the source of much of what we regard as most typically Spanish, A Cultural Journey Through Andalusia: From Granada to Seville takes the reader on a journey through the buildings that are part of southern Spain's Muslim heritage, from the Alhambra in Granada to the Great Mosque in Cordoba and the Alcazar in Seville. At the same time, it places these and other buildings in the context of the Moorish invasion of Spain in the eighth century and the presence of the Muslims in the country until the Christian Reconquest of 1492. The book is also a journey into the cultural past of Andalusia in other ways. It explains the origins and development of flamenco from the time of the arrival of gypsy tribes in the south in the fifteenth century to its later performances in cafes and theatres; the ancient sources of the bullfight, its evolution in modern times and its principal characteristics; and the religious fervour of the sixteenth century that finds its way into the processions of Holy Week, which is such a dramatic and colourful spectacle in present-day Andalusia. A final chapter outlines the key events that have affected the region in the twentieth century, from the bitter Civil War of 1936-9 to the Franco dictatorship of thirty-six years and the subsequent transition to democracy."--Jacket
Fuente Ovejuna ; The knight from Olmedo ; Punishment without revenge by Lope de Vega( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lope de Vega (1562-1635), widely regarded as the architect of the drama of the Spanish Golden Age, was known by his contemporaries as the 'monster of Nature' for his claim to have written more than a thousand plays. His work is notable for its energy, inventiveness, and dramatic power and combines the serious and the comic in striving to imitate real life. Fuente Ovejuna, perhaps his best-known play, is based on Spanish history and reveals how tyranny leads to rebellion, while The Knight from Olmedo is a moving dramatization of impetuous and youthful passion which ends in death. Lope's most powerful tragedy, Punishment Without Revenge, centres on the illicit relationship of a young wife with her stepson and the revenge of a dishonoured husband." "These three plays, in vivid and performable translations faithful to the original Spanish, embody the very best of Lope's dramatic art."--Jacket
La zapatera prodigiosa. [Farsa violenta en dos actos] by Federico García Lorca( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in rural Spain around 1900, the scene is a household managed by a widowed mother of five daughters. Under the combined tyranny of the church and her need to protect her family's reputation, Bernarda Alba represses her daughters by enforcing an eight-year mourning period. The tensions build among the imprisoned women until the natural spirits of the daughters circumvent Bernarda, but with tragic results
Cut my shadow : three songs for mezzo-soprano and piano by Jonathan Dove( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays by Pedro Calderón de la Barca( Book )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays by Federico García Lorca( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A companion to Luis Buñuel by Gwynne Edwards( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From 1960, greater financial and technical resources allowed him to make, in Spain and France, the films for which he is best known: Viridiana (1961), Belle de jour (1966), Tristana (1970), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977). Although the French films in particular are less aggressive and more ironic than his early work, they nevertheless reveal Bunuel's continuing preoccupations: sex, bourgeois values, and religion." "In this study, Gwynne Edwards analyses Bunuel's films in the context of his personal obsessions and suggests that, in contrast to any of his fellow artists, he experienced a degree of sexual inhibition surprising in a surrealist."--Jacket
Lorca plays one Blood Wedding, Dona Rosita the Spinster, Yerma by Federico García Lorca( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These three tragedies were written at the height if Lorca's powers and display his innovative mix of Spanish popular tradition and modern dramatic technique. Blood Wedding tells the story of a couple drawn irresistibly together in the face of an arranged marriage; Doña Rosita the Spinster follows the appalling fate of a young woman beguiled into the expectation of marriage and left stranded for a lifetime whilst Yerma is possibly Lorca's harshest play following a woman's Herculean struggle against the curse of infertility. Set in and around his home territory, Granada, the plays return again and again to the lives of passionate individuals, particularly women, trapped by the social conventions of narrow peasant communities. The plays appear here in new playable translations
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Lorca : living in the theatre
Lorca, Buñuel, Dalí : forbidden pleasures and connected livesYermaBurning the curtain : four revolutionary Spanish playsA cultural journey through Andalusia : from Granada to SevilleFuente Ovejuna ; The knight from Olmedo ; Punishment without revengeLa zapatera prodigiosa. [Farsa violenta en dos actos]PlaysPlays