Bentley on Brecht
Northwestern University Press, Mar 6, 2008 - 557 pages
Winner, 2006 International Association of Theatre Critics Thalia Prize
Recipient, 2007 The Robert Chesley Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in Playwriting
Winner, 2006 Village Voice OBIE Awards Lifetime Achievement Award
Since their first meeting in Santa Monica, California in 1942, Eric Bentley has been Bertolt Brecht’s other, offstage voice. Just as Brecht reshaped modern theater, Bentley’s writings on Brecht helped shape his reputation in the United States and the rest of the world. Bentley on Brecht represents a lifetime of critical and personal thoughts on both Brecht as friend and Brecht as influential literary figure. Brought together in this volume are Brecht-Bentley correspondence, Bentley’s personal recollections of his years with Brecht, including Charles Laughton’s production of Galileo, Brecht’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee, and Bentley’s analysis of Brecht’s plays.
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