Mother Courage and Her Children

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Widely considered one of the great dramatic creations of the modern stage, Mother Courage and Her Children is Bertolt Brecht's most passionate and profound statement against war. Set in the seventeenth century, the play follows Anna Fierling -- "Mother Courage" -- an itinerant trader, as she pulls her wagon of wares and her children through the blood and carnage of Europe's religious wars. Battered by hardships, brutality, and the degradation and death of her children, she ultimately finds herself alone with the ...
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Overview

Widely considered one of the great dramatic creations of the modern stage, Mother Courage and Her Children is Bertolt Brecht's most passionate and profound statement against war. Set in the seventeenth century, the play follows Anna Fierling -- "Mother Courage" -- an itinerant trader, as she pulls her wagon of wares and her children through the blood and carnage of Europe's religious wars. Battered by hardships, brutality, and the degradation and death of her children, she ultimately finds herself alone with the one thing in which she truly believes -- her ramshackle wagon with its tattered flag and freight of boots and brandy. Fitting herself in its harness, the old woman manages, with the last of her strength, to drag it onward to the next battle. In the enduring figure of Mother Courage, Bertolt Brecht has created one of the most extraordinary characters in the literature of drama.
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Editorial Reviews

Lillian Hellman
The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time.
Time
Mother Courage is a black corrosive comedy that almost alone among twentieth-century plays approaches the purgative power of a major tragedy.
Richard Gilman
One of the greatest plays of our time. -- Commonweal
New York Times Book Review
In its humor, irony, and truth, it is a work to welcome and cherish.
From the Publisher

“At last—the definitive translations of one of the 20th century’s most influential playwrights…Far superior to the competition.”—Theatre Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143105282
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/18/2007
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 183,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose work has had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Tony Kushner is best known for his two-part epic, Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes and he has since emerged as one of America's most gifted playwrights. He is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, an Emmy Award, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, an Oscar nomination among many others.

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