Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, Woyzeck
Buchner's special quality, and that which makes him seem more contemporary than almost anything written today, is his total, uncompromising honesty of emotion and intellect. The German writer Georg Buchner, who died in 1837 aged 23, left only three works for the theatre. Danton's Death, his great fresco of the French Revolution, was written in five weeks when Buchner was under threat of arrest for his own revolutionary activities. His sad comedy, Leonce and Lena, was composed in haste for a publisher's competition for which it was entered too late. The extraordinary proletarian tragedy Woyzeck was left unfinished at Buchner's death. Virtually unknown until the end of the nineteenth century, the plays have found an important place in the modern international repertory.
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Anaxagoras ANDRES BARERE Biichner blood CAMILLE CAMILLE DESMOULINS CAPTAIN CARTER chap child CITIZEN coat COLLOT Committee of Public Conciergerie corpse dance DANTON Danton's Death Darmstadt dead dear Decemvirs DEPUTY DILLON DOCTOR dream DRUM MAJOR earth Exeunt eyes face feel fingers FOUQUIER GAOLER gentlemen GEORG BUCHNER GEORGES DANTON girl give GOVERNESS guillotine hair hands head HERAULT HERMAN human Jacobins JULIE KARL KING PETER kiss knife LACRODC LACROIX LADY LAFLOTTE laugh LEGENDRE Lenz Leonce and Lena lips look LORD PRESIDENT LUCILE LUDOVICO ARIOSTO Majesty MARIE MERCIER murder night nose OXFORD WORLD'S CLASSICS PHILIPPEAU play Prince prisoners Public Safety republic revolution revolutionary Revolutionary Tribunal ROBESPIERRE ROSALIE ROSETTA round SAINT-JUST SCENE SELECTION OF OXFORD SERVANT SIMON sing sleep stand Strasbourg street theatre There's thing thought VALERIC VALERIO voice walks What's wife window woman WOYZECK