Six Characters in Search of an Author: Full Text and Introduction (NHB Drama Classics)

Six Characters in Search of an Author: Full Text and Introduction (NHB Drama Classics)

by Luigi Pirandello

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The NHB Drama Classics series presents the world's greatest plays in affordable, highly readable editions for students, actors and theatregoers. The hallmarks of the series are accessible introductions (focussing on the play's theatrical and historical background, together with an author biography, key dates and suggestions for further reading) and the complete text, uncluttered with footnotes. The translations, by leading experts in the field, are accurate and above all actable. The editions of English-language plays include a glossary of unusual words and phrases to aid understanding.

Six Characters in Search of an Author is Pirandello's play about the nature of theatre and the problems of theatricality. Six characters, whose author has abandoned them mid-process, turn up at a rehearsal and demand to be played by the actors present in order to resolve their tragedy and become 'real'.

Translated and introduced by Stephen Mulrine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780011448
Publisher: Hern, Nick Books
Publication date: 05/02/2015
Series: NHB Drama Classi
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 375 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Luigi Pirandello (28 June 1867 – 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet and short story writer. He was awarded the 1934 Nobel Prize in Literature for his "bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage".

Pirandello's works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about 40 plays, some of which are written in Sicilian. Pirandello's tragic farces are often seen as forerunners of the Theatre of the Absurd. His major plays include Six Characters in search of an Author and Henry IV.

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Six Characters in Search of an Author 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Six Characters in Search of an Author was moderately interesting, but horribly didactic. For its time and context is is incredible, but I don't think it holds up as well today.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A seminal work in modern drama, and generally regarded as Pirandello's masterpiece, Six Characters is more thought provoking than entertaining (although I've never seen a live performance, and I imagine it works pretty well on stage). All of Pirandello's plays explore the conflict between appearance and reality, and Six Characters adds an additional dimension by separating the "characters" from their author's concept (almost like a platonic "ideal" that is only vaguely understood by the author who puts the role on paper).
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ARDI-XH More than 1 year ago
Luigi Pirandello oggi e il più grande drammaturgo italiano del suo tempo. "Sei Personaggi in cerca d'auttore" esprime l'idea che presentendo le questioni in teatro che il pubblico potesse identificarsi con il teatro diventa piu intellettuale in rispetto con i drammi che semplicemente dare fiction. Ad esempio i personaggi della sua commedia, Pirandello esprime su problemi sociali come il suicidio, la morte, povero e la povertà, il divorzio e la sofferenza che la gente hanno visto attorno al suo giorno e, come abbiamo visto è stato un sacco di esso. Pirandello ha avuto successo perché lui ha fatto quello che pensavo è giusto, e fare che aveva qualcosa per aiutare nel modo giusto.