Arthur Schnitzler: Four Major Plays

Arthur Schnitzler: Four Major Plays

by Arthur Schnitzler, Carl R. Mueller, Carl R. Mueller, Carl R. (Trans.) Mueller
     
 

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Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), one of the seminal forces in world drama, was also a novelist and practicing physician. His four dramatic works in this volume ( La Ronde, Anatol The Green Cockatoo, and Flirtation) are among the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. Much like his contemporary Sigmund Freud, Schnitzlers work is inextricable from

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Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), one of the seminal forces in world drama, was also a novelist and practicing physician. His four dramatic works in this volume ( La Ronde, Anatol The Green Cockatoo, and Flirtation) are among the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. Much like his contemporary Sigmund Freud, Schnitzlers work is inextricable from the social and intellectual milieu, which accompanied the decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This was the age of the "Viennese Secessionists", exemplified by composers such as Berg, Webern, and Schoenberg, painters Gustav Klimt and Oscar Kokoschka, the foundations of modern architecture, and Zionism. To add to the ferment, Freud introduced his theories of sexuality. It was from within this maelstrom that Schnitzler wrote his plays. He wrote with charm and grace and with great compassion for the frailty of human kind. These plays are regularly performed throughout the world and are acclaimed as masterpieces of modern theater. Mueller's translations of plays include works by Brecht, Buchner, Wedekind, Hauptmann, Strindberg and Sophocles.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This collection, written at the turn of the century by Austrian Jewish playwright Schnitzler, consists of three light Viennese plays set in 1890--"La Ronde," "Annatol," and "Flirtation"--and the dark, sinister one-act play "The Green Cockatoo," set in 1789 at a Paris cabaret-theater on the eve of the fall of the Bastille. The theme of all four is "the Pirandellian confusion between reality and illusion." In the Viennese plays, this is dramatized by an aimless search for the meaning of love and life through a series of sexual encounters, a search that can result in disillusionment and even death. Showing the sentimental and melancholic erotic escapades of egocentric libertines, Schnitzler offers psychological and sociological criticism of the decadent Viennese society in which he lived. For theater students and general readers, Schnitzler's dramatic works are worthy of this new translation, though the eroticism banned on stage during his time is no longer shocking. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.--Ming-ming Shen Kuo, Ball State Univ. Lib., Muncie, IN

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575251806
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/1999
Series:
Great Translations Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.51(h) x 0.50(d)

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