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    "Life of Galileo" (Methuen Modern Plays) (Paperback) By (author) Bertolt Brecht, Edited by John Willett, Edited by Ralph Manheim, Translated by John Willett, Volume editor John Willett

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    DescriptionAlong with Mother Courage, the character of Galileo is one of Brecht's greatest creations, immensely live, human and complex. Unable to resist his appetite for scientific investigation, Galileo's heretical discoveries about the solar system bring him to the attention of the Inquisition. He is scared into publicly abjuring his theories but, despite his self-contempt, goes on working in private, eventually helping to smuggle his writings out of the country.As an examination of the problems that face not only the scientist but also the whole spirit of free inquiry when brought into conflict with the requirements of government or official ideology, Life of Galileo has few equals.Written in exile in 1937-9 and first performed in Zurich in 1943, Galileo was first staged in English in 1947 by Joseph Losey in a version jointly prepared by Brecht and Charles Laughton, who played the title role. Printed here is the complete translation by Brecht scholar John Willett. The much shorter Laughton version is also included in full as an appendix, along with Brecht's own copious notes on the play making this the most trusted scholarly edition of the text.


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    Title
    "Life of Galileo"
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bertolt Brecht, Edited by John Willett, Edited by Ralph Manheim, Translated by John Willett, Volume editor John Willett
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 236 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780413763808
    ISBN 10: 0413763803
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.2
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DD
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: PN
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: APPR/CLASSA
    Ingram Subject Code: PY
    Libri: I-PY
    Abridged Dewey: 808
    B&T General Subject: 630
    DC21: 832.912
    BISAC V2.8: LIT013000, DRA004000
    DC22: 832.912
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Publisher
    Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
    Imprint name
    METHUEN DRAMA
    Publication date
    01 July 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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 Mother Courage and Her Children, The Threepenny Opera, Life of Galileo, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. His plays and dramatic theory are central to the study of modern theatre.
    Review quote
    "At last--the definitive translations of one of the 20th century's most influential playwrights...Far superior to the competition."--"Theatre Journal"