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By Bertolt Brecht

This quantity deals a big choice of Bertolt Brecht's groundbreaking serious writing. right here, prepared in chronological order, are essays from 1918 to 1956, during which Brecht explores his definition of the Epic Theatre and his conception of alienation-effects in directing, performing, and writing, and discusses, between different works, The Threepenny Opera, Mahagonny, mom braveness, Puntila, and Galileo. additionally integrated is "A brief Organum for the Theatre," Brecht's so much whole exposition of his innovative philosophy of drama.

Translated and edited via John Willett, Brecht on Theater is key to an figuring out of 1 of the 20 th century's such a lot influential dramatists.

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There are conversations in the play that are like fleeing across slate roofs on a dark night.

The man is abandoned to politics, but his work is seen as great art – as great theatre. And it is great despite Brecht and Brecht’s politics. 3. Liberal critics see Brecht as a humanist, but in order to emphasize the fact that his heart is in the right place, they denigrate the significance of his theoretical writings and dramatic principles. 4. Orthodox communists attack Brecht for not adhering to the principles of socialist realism. They criticize the absence of a positive hero in his work and its anti-illusionism, based on his rejection of mimetic realism.

Picture Credits With the exception of images loaned by the Deutsches Theatermuseum, Munich, the Österreichisches Theatermuseum, Vienna, and the National Library of Norway, Oslo, the illustrations are courtesy of the Stiftung Akademie der Künste, Berlin (Bertolt Brecht Archive). Together with the archives we have done our utmost to identify and contact the relevant photographers and copyright holders. In many cases the photographer remains unidentified. The publishers will be happy to include further acknowledgements at the first available opportunity.

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