The good person of Szechwan

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Arcade Pub., Feb 8, 1994 - Drama - 147 pages
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The Good Person Of Szechwanis one of Bertolt Brecht's most popular plays. In this famous parable, long known in this country as the potentially misleading title of "The Good Woman of Szechwan," the gods come to earth in search of a thoroughly good person. They encounter Shen Teh, a good-hearted but penniless prostitute who, to muster sufficient ruthlessness to survive in an evil world, must disguise herself as a man.

Commissioned and authorized by the Brecht estate, Arcade's definitive edition of the complete dramatic work contains a newly revised translation by John Willett and an introduction by the joint editors of Brecht's collected works in English, John Willett and Ralph Manheim. The appendix provides Brecht's own notes and relevant texts as well as extensive editorial commentary on the genesis of the play.

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Contents

PROLOGUE
3
Notes and Variants
110
Texts by Brecht THF SONG PROM THE OPIUM DEN
111
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About the author (1994)

Bertolt Brecht was born in Ausburg, Bavaria, in 1898 and left Germany in 1933 when Hitler came to power. He lived in the United States for seven years, settling with his family in Santa Monica and New York and continuing to work on plays and films. After the war Brecht returned to Germany, where he founded the Berliner Ensemble. He died in 1956.

Ralph Manheim (1907-1992) was an American translator of German and French literature, as well as occasional works from Dutch, Polish and Hungarian. The PEN/Ralph Manheim Medal for Translation, a major lifetime achievement award in the field of translation. is named in honor of Manheim and his work.

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