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Arthur Schnitzler, Translated by Eric Bentley Full Length, ComedyCharacters: 5 male, 5 female. By the author of the classic romantic romp The Loves of Anatol, Schnitzler's popular roundelay of love in old Vienna is told in ten interwoven scenes: two characters appear in each and one of these moves into the next. The soldier of the first scene leaves a prostitute to appear in the next scene with a parlor maid. The maid then departs to be with her wealthy employer. He, in turn, receives his mistress, a certain ...
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Overview

Arthur Schnitzler, Translated by Eric Bentley Full Length, ComedyCharacters: 5 male, 5 female. By the author of the classic romantic romp The Loves of Anatol, Schnitzler's popular roundelay of love in old Vienna is told in ten interwoven scenes: two characters appear in each and one of these moves into the next. The soldier of the first scene leaves a prostitute to appear in the next scene with a parlor maid. The maid then departs to be with her wealthy employer. He, in turn, receives his mistress, a certain married lady. The next scene is reveals the married lady and her husband and then the husband meets a street girl at a private cafe. This girl and her poet lover, the poet and the actress, the actress and the count, and finally the count and the prostitute bring the evening full circle.
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The characters of Schnitzler's play talk endlessly of love, but it's sex they are after, and in the end, it is their search for it that spins them off a life-long dance. The moment he finishes with the young maid, the soldier returns to the dance hall. The young wife returns to her husband after her dalliance with the young man. The Count surely is reunited with his friend Louis, uncertain whether or not anything happened with the sleepy prostitute, who reminds him of someone he has met long ago. Was he once the young soldier of the first scene, completing the circle? In the end, Schnitzler's world is not so much an immoral one as it is a society of dissatisfied beings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780573804243
  • Publisher: Samuel French, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 114
  • Sales rank: 900,783
  • File size: 180 KB

Meet the Author

Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931), Austrian physician, dramatist, and novelist, was among the most sophisticated writers of his time. Nicholas Rudall is renowned for his translations, especially of Ibsen and the Greek classics. He is emeritus professor of classics at the University of Chicago and former artistic director of the Court Theater there. He lives in Chicago.
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