Wedekind In an Hourby Carl Mueller
In 1904, Frank Wedekind nearly landed himself in jail. His play, Pandora's Box, was confiscated by the authorities for its lascivious passages, thought to undermine the social moral order. But Wedekind was no playboy - which is perhaps why he was acquitted in the trial over Pandora's indecency. In this play, and others, Wedekind articulated an ageless truth
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In 1904, Frank Wedekind nearly landed himself in jail. His play, Pandora's Box, was confiscated by the authorities for its lascivious passages, thought to undermine the social moral order. But Wedekind was no playboy - which is perhaps why he was acquitted in the trial over Pandora's indecency. In this play, and others, Wedekind articulated an ageless truth about the destructive power of sexuality, a truth that continues to resonate with audiences today.
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 Wedekind and the plays he wrote. Read Wedekind in an Hour and experience his plays like never before. Know the playwright, love the play!
The book features:
• Wedekind in an Hour, the main essay of the book
• Wedekind In a Minute, a snapshot chronology
• A complete listing of Wedekind's work
• A list of Wedekind's contemporaries in all fields
• Excerpts from Wedekind'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 or her work in historical, social, and literary context.
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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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