Ronde

ISBN-10: 0573611920

ISBN-13: 9780573611926

Edition: 1978

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Description: Arthur Schnitzler, Translated by Eric Bentley Full Length, Comedy Characters: 5 male, 5 female By the author of the classic romantic romp The Loves of Anatol, Schnitzler's popular roundelay of love in old Vienna is told in ten interwoven scenes: two characters appear in each and one of these moves into the next. The soldier of the first scene leaves a prostitute to appear in the next scene with a parlor maid. The maid then departs to be with her wealthy employer. He, in turn, receives his mistress, a certain married lady. The next scene is reveals the married lady and her husband and then the husband meets a street girl at a private cafe. This girl and her poet lover, the poet and the actress, the actress and the count, and finally the count and the prostitute bring the evening full circle.

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Book details

Copyright year: 1978
Publisher: Samuel French Incorporated
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 82
Language: English

Arthur Schnitzler, Viennese playwright, novelist, short story writer, and physician, was a sophisticated writer much in vogue in his time. He chose themes of an erotic, romantic, or social nature, expressed with clarity, irony, and subtle wit. Reigen, a series of ten dialogues linking people of various social classes through their physical desire for one another, has been filmed many times as La Ronde. As a Jew, Schnitzler was sensitive to the problems of anti-Semitism, which he explored in the play Professor Bernhardi (1913), seen in New York in a performance by the Vienna Burgtheater in 1968. Henry Hatfield calls Schnitzler "second only to Hofmannsthal among the Austrian writers of his generation and one of the most underrated of German authors... . He combined the naturalist's devotion to fact with the impressionist's interest in nuance; in other words, he told the truth" (Modern German Literature). In his most famous story, Lieutenant Gustl (1901), Schnitzler employs the stream-of-consciousness technique in an exposition of the follies and gradual disintegration of society in fin de siecle Vienna. Schnitzler has also been linked with Freud (see Vols. 3 and 5) and is credited with consciously introducing elements of modern psychology into his works.

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