Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, Woyzeck

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - Fiction - 136 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
vii
A Chronology of Georg Buchner
xxiii
DANTONS DEATH
1
LEONCE AND LENA
73
WOYZECK
105
The Historical Woyzeck and Buchners Design for the Play
133
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Georg Buchner died in 1837 at a tragically early age, and his three works for the stage remained virtually unknown for a half a century. Today they are performed regularly, and Danton is widely acknowledged as a classic of world theatre.Victor Price is a poet and novelist, and Head of the German Language Service at the BBC.

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