"The "Caucasian Chalk Circle"

"The "Caucasian Chalk Circle"

Paperback Methuen Drama Modern Plays

By (author) Bertolt Brecht, Edited by Hugh Rorrison, Translated by James Stern, Translated by Tania Stern, Translated by W. H. Auden

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  • Publisher: METHUEN DRAMA
  • Format: Paperback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 192mm x 12mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0413544508
  • ISBN 13: 9780413544506
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 4 b&w stage photographs
  • Sales rank: 69,225

Product description

This Student Edition of Brecht's classic dramatisation of the conflict over possession of a child features an extensive introduction and commentary that includes a plot summary, discussion of the context, themes, characters, style and language as well as questions for further study and notes on words and phrases in the text. It is the perfect edition for students of theatre and literature.Brecht projects an ancient Chinese story onto a realistic setting in Soviet Georgia. In a theme that echoes the Judgment of Solomon, two women argue over the possession of a child; thanks to the unruly judge, Azdak (one of Brecht's most vivid creations) natural justice is done and the peasant Grusha keeps the child she loves, even though she is not its mother. Written in exile in the United States during the Second World War, The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a politically-charged, much-revived and complex example of Brecht's epic theatre. This volume contains expert notes on the author's life and work, historical and political background to the play, photographs from stage productions and a glossary of difficult words and phrases. It features the acclaimed translation by James and Tania Stern with W. H. Auden.

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists 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. His plays and dramatic theory are central to the study of modern theatre.

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"One of the greatest poets and dramatists of our century" The Observer