The Caucasian Chalk Circle

Overview

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a parable inspired by the Chinese play Chalk Circle. Written at the close of World War II, the story is set in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, and retells the tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers. A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn around a society misdirected in its priorities. Brecht's statements about class are cloaked in the innocence of a fable that whispers insistently to the audience.. "Eric Bentley's English versions are widely viewed as the standard...
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Overview

The Caucasian Chalk Circle is a parable inspired by the Chinese play Chalk Circle. Written at the close of World War II, the story is set in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia, and retells the tale of King Solomon and a child claimed by two mothers. A chalk circle is metaphorically drawn around a society misdirected in its priorities. Brecht's statements about class are cloaked in the innocence of a fable that whispers insistently to the audience.. "Eric Bentley's English versions are widely viewed as the standard renderings of Brecht's work, ensuring that future readers will continue to come in close contact with this playwright who introduced a new way of thinking about the theater.. "Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is one of Germany's best-known playwrights. His social critiques, including The Good Woman of Setzuan, Mother Courage and Her Children, and The Threepenny Opera, resonate with modern audiences and continue to be frequently performed.
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780413308504
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Modern Classics Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,399,283
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) 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 The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Comments on The Caucasian Chalk Circle from Bentley on Brecht
The Caucasian Chalk Circle
Selected Bibliography
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