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Man Equals Man And the Elephant Calf

ISBN-10: 1559705019

ISBN-13: 9781559705011

Edition: 2000

Authors: Bertolt Brecht, Gerald Nellhaus, John Willett, Ralph Manheim

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Set in British colonial India, Man Equals Man presents the forcible transformation of a civilian, Galy Gay, into the perfect soldier. Using Kiplingesque imagery, Brecht explores personality as something that can be dismantled and reassembled like a machine, in a parable that the critic Walter Kerr credited with a "curious foreshadowing of the art of brainwashing." This edition also includes The Elephant Calf, which was originally part of the main play.
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Book details

List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Publication date: 2/23/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Critics have said that Eric Bentley has given a new direction to theatrical history and represents the German avant-garde in drama. Brecht's most ambitious venture in verse drama, Saint Joan of the Stockyards (1933), was written in Germany shortly before Hitler came to power. Brecht left his homeland in 1993. Before he came to the United States in 1941, he was one of the editors of a short-lived anti-Nazi magazine in Moscow (1936--39). In 1949 his play Mother Courage and Her Children, which was a Marxist indictment of the economic motives behind internal aggression, was produced in the United States. Brecht found a large audience as librettist for Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera, an adaptation of John Gay's Beggar's Opera. Brecht is considered a playwright who saw the stage as a platform for the presentation of a message. His aim was to transform the state from a place of entertainment to a place for instruction and public communication. He called himself an epic realist. In 1947, Brecht was summoned to Washington, D.C., by the on Un-American Activities Committee, before which he testified. He firmly denied that he had ever been a member of the Communist Party. How radical Brecht really was has been the subject of considerable controversy; but, for literary purposes, his politics need only be judged as they contributed to his artistry. In his final years 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. It is likely that the demise of Marxist governments will influence his reputation over the next decade, though the changes are difficult to predict. Brecht died in 1956.

Introduction
Man Equals Man: The transformation of the porter Galy Gay in the military Cantonment of Kilkoa during the year nineteen hundred and twenty five
The Elephant Calf: An interlude for the foyer
Notes and Variants
The Man equals Man song
Press release
Epic sequence of events
Two paragraphs
Introductory speech (for the radio)
Dialogue about Bert Brecht's play Man equals Man
Notes to the 1937 edition
On looking through My First Plays (v)
Editorial Notes
Evolution of the play
Notes on individual scenes