Anatol

Overview

Schnitzler was an Austrian dramatist and novelist. The son of a prominent Jewish Viennese physician, he studied and practiced medicine until he attracted critical notice with his drama Anatol (1893), a cycle of one-act plays concerning a philanderer. He followed a similar format in La Ronde (1900), a cycle of plays about related sexual liaisons, filmed in 1950 by Max Ophuls. His plays, novellas, and novels are distinguished for their sparkling wit and brilliant style, and their clinical observations of the ...
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Overview

Schnitzler was an Austrian dramatist and novelist. The son of a prominent Jewish Viennese physician, he studied and practiced medicine until he attracted critical notice with his drama Anatol (1893), a cycle of one-act plays concerning a philanderer. He followed a similar format in La Ronde (1900), a cycle of plays about related sexual liaisons, filmed in 1950 by Max Ophuls. His plays, novellas, and novels are distinguished for their sparkling wit and brilliant style, and their clinical observations of the pathological. His concern is with individual happiness, and his dramatic problems are often focused on love and sexual faithfulness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887348174
  • Publisher: Players Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: Players Press Classic Plays Ser.
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 68
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1930), the Austrian author and doctor, is probably best known for his plays 'La Ronde' and 'Liebelei'. His early years were marked by a particular interest in the emergent science of psychology and his writings anticipate Freud's psychopathological theories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2010

    Fin-de-Siecle L'ennui

    Anatol is an extremely charming and witty play. However, under the apparent lightheartedness is a trenchant criticism of turn of the century Vienna and all of the stock characters within. I especially like the dialogues between Max and Anatol. Max is one of the few who is willing to question Anatol's illusions and force him to examine his own lifestyle, which Anatol is actually incapable of doing. As demonstrated through his relationships with women, Anatol needs to have this constant string of relationships in order to reinforce his manhood and his sense of control and mastery. Anatol is a fascinating play, beautifully constructed. It is one of Schnitzler's most enduring plays and is still often performed. I think it has endured because of its close examination of male/female relationships and interactions. On the one hand it is a very interesting study of turn of the century Vienna, and on the other hand it is a very enjoyable play to read.

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