The Good Person of Szechwan

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The authorized, definitive editions of two of Bertolt Brecht's most enduring works

The Good Person of Szechwan is one of Bertolt Brecht's most popular works. When three gods come to earth in search of a thoroughly good person, they encounter Shen Teh, a goodhearted but penniless prostitute, who offers them shelter. Rewarded with enough money to open a tobacco shop, 'Angel of the Slums' Shen Teh soon becomes so overwhelmed by the demands of people seeking assistance that she ...

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Overview

The authorized, definitive editions of two of Bertolt Brecht's most enduring works

The Good Person of Szechwan is one of Bertolt Brecht's most popular works. When three gods come to earth in search of a thoroughly good person, they encounter Shen Teh, a goodhearted but penniless prostitute, who offers them shelter. Rewarded with enough money to open a tobacco shop, 'Angel of the Slums' Shen Teh soon becomes so overwhelmed by the demands of people seeking assistance that she invents a male alter ego, 'Tobacco K ing' Shui Ta, to deal ruthlessly with the business of living in an evil world. The Good Person of Szechwan is a masterpiece of minimalist design and elegance that shines a light on human nature and social mores.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143105374
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/27/2008
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 970,828
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carl Weber is a professor of directing and dramaturgy at Stanford University. He was a director for Brecht's Berliner Ensemble and later directed numerous plays in Europe and the United States. Norm Roessler is editor of Communications, the performance journal of the International Brecht Society, and is a lecturer at Temple University in Philadelphia. John Willett (1917—2002) translated several works by Brecht into English. Ralph Manheim (1907—1992) translated works by Brecht, Hermann Hesse, Günter Grass, and many others.

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