Strindberg In an Hour

Strindberg In an Hour

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by Carl Mueller
     
 

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Instability marked the life of August Strindberg. One of eleven children —- only seven survived to adulthood —- Strindberg's mother died when he was thirteen years old, just a few years after his father declared bankruptcy. Abandoning Sweden for greater Europe, he eventually achieved infamy for his play, Miss Julie, which critics attacked as immoral and

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Instability marked the life of August Strindberg. One of eleven children —- only seven survived to adulthood —- Strindberg's mother died when he was thirteen years old, just a few years after his father declared bankruptcy. Abandoning Sweden for greater Europe, he eventually achieved infamy for his play, Miss Julie, which critics attacked as immoral and overtly sexual. But to Strindberg, he was simply expressing a natural truth: Life is chaos and chaos is at the heart of all art. In that same spirit, Strindberg went on to write some of the greatest masterpieces of modern theater: The Stronger, A Dream Play, and The Ghost Sonata.

Setting the playwright in context to his personal life, social, historical and political events, other writers of influence, and more, you will quickly gain a deep understanding of Strindberg and the plays he wrote. Read Strindberg in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!

The book features:

• Strindberg in an Hour, the main essay of the book

• Strindberg In a Minute, a snapshot chronology

• A complete listing of Strindberg's work

• A list of Strindberg's contemporaries in all fields

• Excerpts from Strindberg's significant works

• An extensive bibliography grouped according to type of reader

• An index of the main essay.

Playwrights in an Hour is a series devoted to the most produced and studied playwrights in the English language, from the Greek masters to contemporary writers, and written by leading authorities in the field. Each short book places the playwright and his orher work in historical, social, and literary context.

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Editorial Reviews

American Theatre Magazine
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a kind of Great Playwrights for Dummies series ...they are brisk and lively
Examiner.com
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a quick and easy alternative to Wikipedia ...
LA Times Online
Is there a more trustworthy source [than Wikipedia] that can offer a quick fix of theatrical knowledge? The publishing house Smith & Kraus perhaps has the answer... ? a kind of Red Bull for theater buffs ...
Midwest Book Review
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is]...remarkable....outstanding, yet inexpensive, and thoroughly 'reader frendly', making it a strongly recommended supplement for academic curriculums, community theater groups, and public library collections.
Stage Directions
These 27 [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] books should be especially welcomed by actors and directors.
The Dartmouth
[Playwrights in an Hour Series is] a succinct crash course on the lives of 27 influential dramatists throughout history ...
Washington Post
... each book [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series] contains a wealth of information ... that will get any novice out of a date jam or provide a veteran playgoer with fresh insights on an old favorite... . The series delivers succinctness with depth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936232284
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Playwrights in an Hour
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
1,393,879
Product dimensions:
4.70(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.30(d)

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Essential and enjoyable reading for any theatergoer. (Doug Langworthy, Denver Center Theatre Company)
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You will find great value in these attractive little volumes [of the Playwrights in an Hour Series]. (Robert Brustein, Founding Director of Yale and American Repertory Theaters)

Meet the Author

Carl R. Mueller was a professor in the Department of Theater at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1967 until his death in 2008. There he directed and taught theater history, criticism, dramatic literature, and playwriting. A translator for more than forty years, he translated and published works by Büchner, Brecht, Wedekind, Hauptmann, Hofmannsthal, and Hebbel, to name a few. For Smith and Kraus he translated individual volumes of plays by Schnitzler, Strindberg, Pirandello, Kleist, Goethe, and Wedekind and all four major Greek playwrights. His translations have been performed in every English-speaking country and have appeared on BBC-TV.

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