Mother Courage and Her Children

Mother Courage and Her Children

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by Bertolt Brecht
     
 

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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 andSee more details below

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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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Observer

One of the greatest poets and dramatists of our century.
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
"The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time."
-Lillian Hellman
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:
9780413412904
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
03/28/1987
Series:
Modern Classics Series, #5
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.10(d)

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