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Description: The Georg BÃ¼chner Prize is the highest literary honor for German language writers, and the full extent of BÃ¼chnerâs influenceâfrom Gerhardt Hauptmann to Christa Wolf, Max Reinhardt to Robert Wilson, Alban Berg to Tom Waitsâdefies cataloging.When Georg BÃ¼chner died in 1837 at the age of twenty-three, he left behind a small and heterogenous body of work, most of it unpublished: three plays, a novella, a political pamphlet, a dissertation, medical lectures, and letters. Matthew Wilson Smith has newly translated BÃ¼chnerâs introduction to On Cranial Nerves. Each text is accompanied by explanatory annotations. The editorâs introduction examines the complexities of BÃ¼chnerâs short life and how they informed his writing. The volume also contains ten illustrations.âContextsâ includes BÃ¼chnerâs correspondence with the people who knew him best, impressions of BÃ¼chner from a fellow medical student, excerpts from BÃ¼chnerâs diary, the wanted poster calling for BÃ¼chnerâs arrest for political conspiracy as well as the real-life inspirations his novella, Lenz, and his best-known play, Woyzeck.For ease of reference, âCriticismâ is topically arranged by work and includes assessments by, among others, Laura Ginters, Victor Brombert, Bertolt Brecht, Henry Schmidt, Andrew Webber, Rainer Maria Rilke, and George Steiner. Three accounts of important productions of Dantonâs Death are reprinted, including John Housemanâs remarks on Orson Wellesâs staging. Finally, the speeches of four winners of the Georg BuÌchner PrizeâPaul Celan, Christa Wolf, Heiner MÃ¼ller, and Durs GrÃ¼nbeinâare reprinted in their entirety.A Chronology of BÃ¼chnerâs life and work and a Selected Bibliography are also included.