Georg Buchner: Complete Plays and Prose

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1963 - Drama - 177 pages
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The life of Georg Buchner was short, intense, and tragic—and extremely significant for the development of modern drama. His three plays, Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, and Woyzeck, were greatly ahead of their time in their penetrating dramatic and psychological treatment. They served as an impetus for contemporary schools of drama as different as the Theatre of the Absurd of Ionesco and the Epic Theatre of Brecht.

Also presented in this only complete volume of Buchner in English are his two powerful prose pieces, The Hessian Courier and his short story, Lenz.

"Like William Blake, [Buchner] is one of those extraordinary prodigies who occasionally bursts into the sky of history--unexpected, unforeseen--and proceeds to cast his illumination over future generations."--The New York Review of Books

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User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

Danton's Death is on my not so short list of plays I'd like to stage. I did a couple of cuttings from it for scene workshops and they went over well. Too many plays, not enough time. Read full review

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User Review  - Erika S - Goodreads

I've technically only read the first play so far, but I'll be reading the others soon for class. Read full review

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Georg Buchner is widely acknowledged as the forefather of modern theatre. On his death at the age of 23, he left behind some outstanding dramatic works: his historical drama, Danton's Death, "the most remarkable first play in European culture (Guardian), the innovatory tragedy, Woyzeck, and the absurdist comedy, Leonce and Lena.

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