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Selected Biographies in English on Brecht
Bertolt Brecht by Bertolt Brecht- A Literary Life charts the life and work of one of the iconic cultural figures of the twentieth century, whose achievements in theatre and poetry rank alongside Picasso's in painting. As Stephen Parker powerfully demonstrates, Brecht had an extraordinary transformative impact on world theatre and poetry, with the dazzling productions of the Berliner Ensemble in Paris and London ensuring an enduring legacy. Drawing on Brecht's diaries and letters together with notebooks and unpublished material, Parker's biography offers readers an enthralling and colourful account of Brecht's life through the prism of the artist. Through careful attention to Brecht's early years in Augsburg and Munich, including his medical history, Parker rewards readers with a profoundly new understanding of how Brecht's outlook and artistic practice were shaped by these formative experiences, above all how his singular sensibility conspired with his huge ambition to make him the greatest theatrical innovator of the age. What emerges from Parker's biography is a fascinating portrait of a compulsively contradictory, chameleon-like personality, whose iconic artistry left a lasting imprint on modern culture.
Call Number: eBook and available in print: PT2603.R397 Z794535 2014
Publication Date: 2014-04-10
The partnership : Brecht, Weill, three women, and Germany on the brink by Among the most creative and outsized personalities of the Weimar Republic, that sizzling yet decadent epoch between the Great War and the Nazis' rise to power, were the renegade poet Bertolt Brecht and the rebellious avant-garde composer Kurt Weill. These two young geniuses and the three women vital to their work--actresses Lotte Lenya and Helene Weigel and writer Elizabeth Hauptmann--joined talents to create the theatrical and musical masterworks The Threepenny Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, only to split in rancor as their culture cracked open and their aesthetic and temperamental differences became irreconcilable. The Partnership is the first book to tell the full story of Brecht and Weill's impulsive, combustible partnership, the compelling psychological drama of one of the most important creative collaborations of the past century.
Call Number: ML410.W395K38 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht : the story of a friendship by Erdmut Wizisla's groundbreaking work explores for the first time the important friendship between Walter Benjamin, the acclaimed critic and literary theorist, and Bertolt Brecht, one of the twentieth century's most influential theater artists and poets, during the crucial interwar years in Berlin. From the first meeting between Benjamin and Brecht to their experiences in exile, the events in this friendship are illuminated by personal correspondence, journal entries, and notes--including previously unpublished materials--from the friends' electric discussions of shared projects. In addition to exploring correspondence between the two, Wizisla presents documents by colleagues who shaped and shaded their relationship, including Margarete Steffin, Theodor Adorno, and Hannah Arendt. Wizisla shows us the fascinating ideological exchanges between Benjamin and Brecht, including the first account of Berlin Marxist journal planned for 1931. The Minutes of its meetings record the involvement of Benjamin and Brecht, and offer a window onto the discussions on literature and politics that took place under the increasing threat of the German left's political defeat. Wizisla's examination of the friendship between Benjamin and Brecht, two artists at the height of their creative powers during a time of great political crisis, throws light on nearly two decades of European intellectual life.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2009