Brecht Collected Plays - Six Good Person of Szechwan - The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui - Mr Puntila and His Man Matti

ISBN-10: 0413685802
ISBN-13: 9780413685803
Edition: 1994
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Description: Volume Four of Brecht's Collected Plays contains works from the 1930s.??Round Heads and Pointed Heads, based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, is a powerful political allegory on Nazi racial policy and conditions in Germany. Fear and Misery of  More...

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Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Publication date: 7/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Volume Four of Brecht's Collected Plays contains works from the 1930s.??Round Heads and Pointed Heads, based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, is a powerful political allegory on Nazi racial policy and conditions in Germany. Fear and Misery of the Third Reich creates a montage of some thirty short scenes, showing ordinary life under the Nazis permeated by suspicion and anxiety. Senora Carrar's Rifles is based on J.M. Synge's Riders to the Sea, relocated by Brecht in the Spanish Civil War. The Trial of Lucullus, a radio play, is a starkly poetic pacifist text, in which the Roman general is tried by the Underworld for his military triumphs. Also included are two one-act plays, Dansen and How Much Is Your Iron? The volume includes an introduction and notes by Tom Kuhn and John Willett as well as variants and additional relevant texts by Brecht.

Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898 in Augsburg, Bavaria, and died on August 14, 1956. He was a German playwright, theatre director and Marxist. The modest house where he was born is today preserved as a Brecht Museum. Brecht formed a writing collective which became prolific and very influential. He wrote many lyrics for musicals and collaborated with Kurt Weill to create Die Dregroschenoper -- the biggest hit in 1920s Berlin. Brecht experimented with his own theater and company -- the Berliner Ensemble -- which put on his plays under his direction and which continued after his death with the assistance of his wife. Brecht aspired to create political theater, and it is difficult to evaluate his work in purely aesthetic terms. Brecht died in 1956.

John Willett (1917-2002) was a noted English author and the translator of Brecht's poems and songs.

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