Gorky Plays: 1: The Lower Depths, Summerfolk, Children of the Sun, Barbarians, and Enemies

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Modern accurate and stageable translations of five of Gorky's plays

This volume includes Gorky's major works for the theatre. The Lower Depths, first staged by the Moscow Art theatre in 1902, portrays a cast of down and outs living in the underbelly of Russian society; Summerfolk depicts a society after the disintegration of feudalism with a new class of businessmen, intellectuals and professionals. Children of the Sun was completed in prison in 1905 and premiered in St ...

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Overview

Modern accurate and stageable translations of five of Gorky's plays

This volume includes Gorky's major works for the theatre. The Lower Depths, first staged by the Moscow Art theatre in 1902, portrays a cast of down and outs living in the underbelly of Russian society; Summerfolk depicts a society after the disintegration of feudalism with a new class of businessmen, intellectuals and professionals. Children of the Sun was completed in prison in 1905 and premiered in St Petersburg in the same year, St Petersburg critic Alexander Kugel wrote: "If Summerfolk boxed the ears of the intelligentsia, the Children of the Sun spits in their face"; Barbarians looks at the tragedy of an individual caught between opposing forces in a society on the brink of revolution - Lenin's future Minister of Culture, Alexander Kugel wrote: "Gorky helps us to understand and assess the mighty phenomenon of this war between two forms of barbarism through the direct experience of real people"; Enemies looks at the struggle between workers and industrialists and has been described as "the missing link between Chekhov and the Russian revolution" (Observer)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413181107
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Series: World Classics Series
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 1,064,344
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 1.13 (d)

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Imprisoned for his revolutionary activities and championed by chekhov, Maxim Gorky (1868 - 1936) had his first plays produced by the Moscow Art Theater in 1902. Chekhov wrote, 'Gorky is the first in Russia and the world at largs to have expressed contempt and loathing for the petty bourgeoisie and he has done it at the precise moment when Russia is ready for protest'.
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Table of Contents

Maxim Gorky : A Chronology
Introduction
The Lower Depths 1
Summerfolk 93
Children of the Sun 213
Barbarians 325
Enemies 433
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