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Mother Courage and Her Children (Student Editions)

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Publisher Comments:

This Student Edition of Brecht's anti-war masterpiece 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.

In this chronicle of the Thirty Years War of the seventeenth century, Mother Courage follows the armies back and forth across Europe, selling provisions and liquor from her canteen wagon. As the action of the play progresses between the years 1624 and 1646 she loses her children to the war but remains indomitable, refusing to part with her livelihood - the wagon. The play is one of the most celebrated examples of Epic Theatre and of Brecht's use of alienation effect to focus attention on the issues of the play above the individual characters. It remains regarded as one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century and one of the great anti-war plays of all time. The Berlin production of 1949, with Helene Weigel as Mother Courage, marked the foundation of the Berliner Ensemble.

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. The play is translated by Brecht scholar John Willett who did more than anyone else to make Brecht's work available in the English language.

About the Author

Born in Augsburg, Germany, in 1898 and died in Berlin in 1956. With plays such as The Threepenny Opera, Mother Courage, Life of Galileo, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, he cemented his reputation as one of the most modern and innovative of twentieth century dramatists.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780413492708
Author:
BRECHT, BERTOLT
Editor:
RORRISON, HUGH
Author:
Rorrison, Hugh
Author:
Willett, John
Translator:
WILLETT, JOHN
Publisher:
Methuen Publishing
Location:
N
Subject:
General Drama
Subject:
Study Guides
Subject:
Continental european
Subject:
European - General
Subject:
Drama-Women and Ethnic
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
METHUEN STUDENT EDITIONS
Publication Date:
19820121
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 bandw photographs
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
180 x 120 in.

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