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Anouilh Plays: One: Antigone, Leocadia, The Waltz of the Toreadors, The Lark, and Poor Bitos

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A selection of the most enduring work of one of this century's best-known French playwrights.
 
Jean Anouilh (1910-87) along with Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, was at the forefront of the post-war generation of playwrights in Paris. In England his plays were championed by Peter Brook. Antigone is a response to the German occupation of France and established his popularity in 1944 (the Germans ironically, thought that it was a pro-Nazi...

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Overview

A selection of the most enduring work of one of this century's best-known French playwrights.
 
Jean Anouilh (1910-87) along with Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, was at the forefront of the post-war generation of playwrights in Paris. In England his plays were championed by Peter Brook. Antigone is a response to the German occupation of France and established his popularity in 1944 (the Germans ironically, thought that it was a pro-Nazi in its portrayal of King Creon and thus allowed its production); Poor Bitos, Anouilh's angriest play explores the act of judicial murder and The Lark is a version of the Joan of Arc story. All three plays show his fondness for reworking myth, history and legend. Meanwhile Leocadia, about an opera singer who dies after a three day love affair with a prince and The Waltz of the Toreadors, about a general whose mistress attempts to prove his wife's infidelity, represent another talent - for ironic, modern comedy.

 

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"Anouilh is a poet but not a poet of words, he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing." Peter Brook, Director
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413140302
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: World Classics Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 690,974
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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