Collected Plays: "Baal", "Drums in the Night", "In the Jungle of Cities", "Life of Edward II of England", and Five One Act Plays Vol 1 (Methuen World Classics)

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Published by Methuen Drama, the collected dramatic works of Bertolt Brecht are presented in the most comprehensive and authoritative editions of Brecht's plays in the English language.Volume One of Brecht's Collected Plays contains Brecht's first performed stage works. Baal is inspired by Brecht's student life in Augsburg and follows the life of a young poet on the rocky road to inspiration; Drums in the Night was written in response to Brecht's experience as a medical orderly in the aftermath of the First World War; and In the Jungle of Cities, set in Chicago, covers the downfall of a family that has moved from the prairies to the jungle of the big city - award-winning in its day, it was described by a leading German daily as the play that 'has given our time a new tone, a new melody, a new vision'. This volume also includes The Life of Edward II of England, a ballad-like adaptation of Marlowe's original, and five one-act plays The Beggar or the Dead Dog, Driving Out The Devil, Lux in Tenebris, The Catch and A Respectable Wedding in which the bourgeois proceedings take a hilarious turn for the unseemly.The translators are Jean Benedetti, Eva Geiser and Ernest Borneman, Richard Grunberger, Michael Hamburger, Gerhard Nellhaus, Peter Tegel and John Willett. The translations are ideal for both study and performance. The volume is accompanied by a full introduction and notes by the series editor John Willett and includes Brecht's own notes and relevant texts as well as all the important textual variants.

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The most comprehensive and authoritative editions of Brecht's plays in the English language Volume One of Brecht's Collected Plays contains Brecht's first performed stage works Baal, Drums in the Night, In the Jungle of Cities, The Life of Edward 11 of England and five one-act plays. Baal is inspired by Brecht's student life in Augsburg and follows the life of a young poet on the rocky road to inspiration, Drums in the Night was written in response to Brecht's experience as a medical orderly in the aftermath of the First World War; In the Jungle of Cities, set in Chicago, covers the downfall of a family that has moved from the prairies to the jungle of the big city - award-winning in its day, it was described by a leading German daily as the play that "has given our time a new tone, a new melody, a new vision". This volume also includes The Life of Edward II of England, a ballad-like adaptation of Marlowe's original and five one-act plays The Beggar and the Dead Dog, Driving Out The Devil, Lux in Tenebris, The Catch and A Respectable Wedding in which the bourgeois proceedings take a hilarious turn for the unseemly.The translators are Jean Benedetti (The Life of Edward II of England; A Respectable Wedding), Eva Geiser and Ernest Borneman (Lux in Tenebris), Richard Grunberger (Driving Out a Devil), Michael Hamburger (The Beggar or the Dead Dog), Gerhard Nellhaus (In the Jungle of Cities), Peter Tegel (Baal) and John Willett (Drums in the Night; The Catch).

The translations are ideal for both study and performance. The volume is accompanied by a full introduction and notes by the series editor John Willett and includes Brecht's own notes and relevant texts as well as all the important textual variants.

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists and theatre practitioners of the twentieth century whose work has had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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