Life of Galileo

Life of Galileo

by Bertolt Brecht
     
 

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Life of Galileodepicts one of Brecht's most compelling creations: the great Renaissance scientist in a brutal struggle for freedom from authoritarian dogma. Unable to resist his appetite for scientific investigation, Galileo comes into conflict with the Inquisition and must publicly abjure his theories, though in private he goes on working. Ranking alongside

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Life of Galileodepicts one of Brecht's most compelling creations: the great Renaissance scientist in a brutal struggle for freedom from authoritarian dogma. Unable to resist his appetite for scientific investigation, Galileo comes into conflict with the Inquisition and must publicly abjure his theories, though in private he goes on working. Ranking alongside Mother Courage and Mr. Puntila, Galileo is one of Brecht's truly brilliant chatacters--immensely alive, human, and complex.

Commissioned and authorized by the Brecht estate Arcade's definitive edition contains a newly revised translation by John Willett and an introduction by the joint editors of Brecht's complete dramatic work in English, John Willett and Ralph Manheim. The appendix provides Brecht's own notes and relevant texts as well as a version of the play jointly prepared by Brecht and Charles Laughton, who starred in the 1947 Hollywood production.

Editorial Reviews

Chicago Tribune
Eloquent in its outcries against blind dogma and powerful in the simplicity of its storytelling, Galileo is a play that offers the confrontations of stirring drama made visible in vivid theatrical images.
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“At last--the definitive translations of one of the 20th century's most influential playwrights…Far superior to the competition.” —Theatre Journal
Theatre Journal

At last--the definitive translations of one of the 20th century's most influential playwrights…Far superior to the competition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780143105381
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/27/2008
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Bertolt Brecht is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

Mark Ravenhill is one of the most distinctive contemporary UK playwrights. He burst on to the theatre scene in 1996 with the huge hit Shopping and Fucking. He has continued to garner critical acclaim for plays that include Some Explicit Polaroids, Mother Clap's Molly House, Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat, A Life in Three Acts, and Ten Plagues. He is Writer in Residence at the RSC.

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