The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera

by Bertolt Brecht
     
 

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Brutal, scandalous, perverted, yet humorous, hummable, and with a happy ending- Bertolt Brecht's revolutionary masterpiece The Threepenny Opera is a landmark of modern drama that has become embedded in the Western cultural imagination. Through the love story of Polly Peachum and "Mack the Knife" Macheath, the play satirizes the bourgeois of the Weimar

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Brutal, scandalous, perverted, yet humorous, hummable, and with a happy ending- Bertolt Brecht's revolutionary masterpiece The Threepenny Opera is a landmark of modern drama that has become embedded in the Western cultural imagination. Through the love story of Polly Peachum and "Mack the Knife" Macheath, the play satirizes the bourgeois of the Weimar Republic, revealing a society at the height of decadence and on the verge of chaos. Complemented with music by Kurt Weill, it was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz into the theater, and the song "Mack the Knife" became one of the most popular and widely recorded songs of the twentieth century.

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"The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time."
-Lillian Hellman
Lillian Hellman
The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time.
Marc Silberman

An excellent resource...Willett and Manheim have become the unchallenged mediators of Brecht for the English-speaking audience.
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:
9780143105169
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/18/2007
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
318,830
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time."
-Lillian Hellman

Meet the Author

Nadine Gordimer is the author of eleven previous novels, as well as collections of stories and essays. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize (for The Conservationist in 1974) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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