The Three Rural Dramas

  • Reed Anderson
Part of the Macmillan Modern Dramatists book series (MD)


Blood Wedding and Yerma are the first and second plays of a trilogy ‘of the Spanish earth’ that Lorca first mentioned in 1933. In 1935, Lorca told an interviewer that the third play was nearly finished and that those who had liked his last two dramas — Blood Wedding and Yerma — would not be disappointed with this one. There is still some confusion over exactly what Lorca may have had in mind for this trilogy. In 1933 he called it a trilogy of the Spanish earth and included an unknown play called The Destruction of Sodom. In 1934, the same trilogy then included Yerma, but Lorca called the third work The Drama of Lot’s Daughters. These are perhaps different titles or ways of referring to the same project. Only months later (1935), he returned to the title, The Destruction of Sodom, saying that the work was nearly finished (II, 975). Lorca’s good friend, Rafael Martínez Nadal, also recalls talk of a Biblical trilogy whose final work would be a drama of Cain and Abel, a fierce anti-war play in which the ‘madness’ of the modern world would be mixed with the biblical legend in strange but vivid superimpositions.


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  1. 1.
    García Lorca, Federico, El público y Comedia sin título, R. Martínez Nadal and Marie Laffranque (eds) (Barcelona: Seix Barral, 1978), p. 19. To be cited in text as Nadal. Google Scholar
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    García Lorca, Federico, Bodos de sangre (Barcelona: Aymá, 1971), p. 66.Google Scholar
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    Sánchez, Robert, García Lorca (Madrid: Jura, 1950), p. 68.Google Scholar
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    Rubia Barcia, J., ‘El realismo mágico en La casa de Bernardo Alba’, in Federico García Lorca, Ildefonso-Manuel Gil (ed.) (Madrid: Taurus, 1975), p. 383.Google Scholar

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© Reed Anderson 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reed Anderson
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  1. 1.Miami UniversityOxfordUSA

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