Six Characters in Search of an Author (Three Plays by Luigi Pirandello)

Six Characters in Search of an Author (Three Plays by Luigi Pirandello) : Includes Henry IV and Right You Are (If You Think So)

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Six Characters in Search of An Author, 1921 According to Translator Arthur Livingstone: "Six Characters in Search of an Author" has won a distinguished place in the dramatic literature of the Western world, attracting audiences and engaging intellects far removed from the particular influences which made of it a season's sensation in Italy. "Six Characters" is something more than an unusually ingenious variation of the "play within a play." It is a dramatization of the artistic process itself, in relation to the problem of reality and unreality, which has engaged Pirandello in one way or another for more than 20 years. The object of Pirandello's bitter irony is not the stage-manager, nor the theatrical producer, nor even the dramatic critic: it is the dramatist; it is the artist; it is, in the end, life itself. What are people really like? In the business of everyday life, nothing is commoner than the categorical judgment sweeping and assured in its affirmatives. But as we cut a little deeply into the living matter of the spirit, the problem becomes more complicated. Do we ever understand the whole motivation of an action-not in others only but even in ourselves? Henry VI "'Henry IV., '" an equally strong and original variation of the insanity motive, is the first of two plays by Pirandello dealing with a special aspect of the problem of reality and unreality. The second, not yet given to the public, is Vestire gli ingnudi ("... And ye clothed me!"). In the former Pirandello studies a situation where an individual finds a world of unreality thrust upon him, voluntarily re-assuming it later on, when tragedy springs from the deeper reality. In "And ye clothed me!" we have a girl who, to fill an empty life of no importance, creates a fiction for herself, only to find it torn violently from her and to be left in a naked reality that is, after all, so unreal. These two plays indicate the present tendency of Pirandello's rapid production-a tendency that promises even richer results as this interesting author delves more extensively into the mysteries of individual psychology. "As You Like It," in the spirit of Pirandello's title in general, would have been another Shakespearean reminiscence: "... and Thinking Makes It So."
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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 299g
  • English
  • 1482609592
  • 9781482609592
  • 1,328,174

About Professor Luigi Pirandello

Sicilian-born playwright Luigi Pirandello is best known for his dramatic plays. His ironic humour is seen in three of his greatest works, included in this edition: Six Characters in Search of An Author; Henry IV and Right You Are! (If You Think You Are). Pirandello died in 1936.
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