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Created by John Eipper on 08/14/17 4:14 AM

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Federico Garcia Lorca, Ronald Hilton, and Madrid's Residencia de Estudiantes (John Heelan, UK, 08/14/17 4:14 am)

Reviewing my research notes for the Hilton/Lorca timelines (hidden away in our attic), I now find it appears that Ronald Hilton graduated in 1936 arriving at La Resi (Madrid) by the end of that year; however Lorca had left for South America in September 1933, returning to Granada in May 1934. They could have coincided between November 1934 and May 1935 when it seems both were in Madrid with RH about to leave for his tour of Italy and North Africa arriving back in Spain in January 1936.

JE asked if Lorca was at La Resi in the 1920s. He was briefly in May 1919 thanks to a letter of recommendation from de los Ríos to La Resi's director but then Lorca was grounded in Granada by his father in Granada to complete his law degree, which he did despite being a remarkably poor student (some suspect the degree was thanks to his law professor friend of his father's, de los Ríos again).

Lorca returned to La Resi in February 1923. So it appears there were few opportunities for RH "to know Lorca at La Resi." I have failed to find any evidence of such a meeting in Lorca's letters or the many biographies I have read about him. I still think that RH's antipathy to "Lorca and his ilk" stemmed from a difference in ideologies and RH having been snubbed by an arrogant Lorca. Pity--I would have loved to have been able to discuss Lorca with RH.

JE comments:  Lorca was also 13 years older than RH, and was already a superstar in literary circles.  The omission of an RH encounter (if there was one) in FGLl's letters is therefore not surprising.  Nor did the martyred poet have much time left to reflect on anything.  He was dead by August of '36.

John Heelan forgot to mention what I consider the most significant outcome of contacting Prof. H in his Lorca research:  WAIS gained a friend and a prolific correspondent.  (That would be 1313 postings and counting, just since 2010--you're the superstar, John!)

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