Baal, A Man's a Man, The Elephant Calf: Three Plays

Baal, A Man's a Man, The Elephant Calf: Three Plays

by Bertolt Brecht
     
 

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The story of a charming, ruthlessly amoral young poet, Baal (1918) is Brecht's first play and "a passionate acceptance of the world in all its sordid grandeur" (Martin Esslin). A Man's A Man (1926), Brecht's first excursion into "epic theater," traces the terrifying transformation of the sweet, good Galy Gay into a bloodthirsty "human fighting machine."

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The story of a charming, ruthlessly amoral young poet, Baal (1918) is Brecht's first play and "a passionate acceptance of the world in all its sordid grandeur" (Martin Esslin). A Man's A Man (1926), Brecht's first excursion into "epic theater," traces the terrifying transformation of the sweet, good Galy Gay into a bloodthirsty "human fighting machine." Galy reappears in the brief, sardonic Elephant Calf, a sort of coda. Powerful stage works in their own right, these three early plays also provide crucial insights into Brecht's dramatic techniques and preoccupations before the decisive embrace of Marxism in 1928.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802131591
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/1994
Series:
Brecht, Bertolt
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,281,542
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.92(h) x 0.62(d)

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