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  1. Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic by Bertolt Brecht, 1977-01-01
  2. Parables for the Theatre (Twentieth Century Classics) (Spanish Edition) by Bertolt Brecht, 1998-10
  3. The Good Woman of Setzuan by Bertolt Brecht, 1999-11-01
  4. Brechts "Heilige Johanna der Schlachthofe" (Suhrkamp Taschenbuch Materialien) (German Edition)
  5. Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, John Willett, et all 1994-08-01
  6. Galileo by Bertolt Brecht, 1994-01-11
  7. Selected Poems by Bertolt Brecht, 1971-03-24
  8. Baal, A Man's a Man, and the Elephant Calf (Brecht, Bertolt) by Bertolt Brecht, 1994-04-07
  9. Mother Courage and Her Children (Penguin Classics) by Bertolt Brecht, 2007-12-18
  10. The Threepenny Opera (Penguin Classics) by Bertolt Brecht, 2007-12-18
  11. Life of Galileo (Penguin Classics) by Bertolt Brecht, 2008-05-27
  12. Bertolt Brecht: Poems 1913-1956 by Bertolt Brecht, 1997-10-07
  13. Brecht chronicle (A Continuum book) by Klaus Volker, 1975
  14. Aesthetics and Politics (Radical Thinkers Classics) by Theodor Adorno, Walter Benjamin, et all 2010-11-22

1. Bertolt Brecht - Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia
Bertolt Brecht. Brecht with his emblematic cigar, a means of taking a moment to think For the attitude that these people adopt in the opera is unworthy of
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German Democratic Republic Occupation Poet, Playwright and Theatre Director Genres Epic theater Non-Aristotelian drama Dialectical theatre Spouse Marianne Zoff Helene Weigel Children Hanna Hiob Stefan Brecht Barbara Brecht Influences Karl Valentin Erwin Piscator Vsevolod Meyerhold Influenced Dario Fo Augusto Boal Joan Littlewood Peter Brook ... info (born Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht help info February 10 ... August 14 ) was a German poet playwright , and theatre director . A seminal theatre practitioner of the twentieth century, Brecht's achievement is equally significant in dramaturgy and in theatrical production, the latter particularly through the seismic impact of the tours undertaken by the Berliner Ensemble —the post-war theatre company operated by Brecht and his wife and long-time collaborator, the actress

2. Bertolt Brecht - Wikipedia
Translate this page Die 1927 veröffentlichte Gedichtsammlung Bertolt Brechts Hauspostille besteht jedoch weitestgehend aus früher verfassten Texten. 1928 feierte Brecht mit
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Wechseln zu: Navigation Suche Dieser Artikel befasst sich mit dem K¼nstler Bertolt Brecht. F¼r weitere Bedeutungen siehe Brecht (Begriffskl¤rung) Das Brecht-Denkmal von Fritz Cremer vor dem Berliner Ensemble Bertolt Brecht (geb¼rtig Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht; 10. Februar in Augsburg 14. August in Berlin ) wird als einflussreichster deutscher Dramatiker und Lyriker des 20. Jahrhunderts bezeichnet. Er ist auch international f¼r seine Werke angesehen und ausgezeichnet worden. Brecht gilt als Begr¼nder des epischen Theaters bzw. „dialektischen Theaters“. Brecht bezeichnete sich selbst (gegen¼ber Walter Benjamin ) als Kommunisten.

3. Bertholt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg, Germany, on 19th February, 1898. He studied philosophy and medicine at the University of Munich before becoming a
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Bertolt Brecht was born in Augsburg, Germany , on 19th February, 1898. He studied philosophy and medicine at the University of Munich before becoming a medical orderly in a German military hospital during the First World War . This experience reinforced his hatred of war and influenced his support for the failed Socialist revolution in 1919.
After the war Brecht returned to university but eventually became more interested in literature than medicine. His first play to be produced was Bael (1922). This was followed by Drums in the Night , a play about a soldier returning from war, Jungle of the Cities (1923) and A Man's a Man
In 1927 Brecht collaborated with the composer Kurt Weill to produce the musical play, Mahagonny . They then produced The Threepenny Opera . Although based on The Beggar's Opera that was originally produced in 1728, Brecht added his own lyrics that illustrated his growing belief in

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Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898, in the medieval city of Augsburg, part of the Bavarian section of the German Empire. Married in 1897, his father was a Catholic and his mother a Protestant. Brecht was their first child, baptized as Eugen Bertolt Friedrich Brecht. His father, Bertolt Friedrich Brecht, worked in a paper factory. His mother, Wilhelmine Friederike Sophie Brezing, was ill with breast cancer most of his young life. He had one brother, Walter, who was born in 1900. Brecht was a sickly child, having a congenital heart condition and a facial tic. As a result he was sent to a sanitarium to relax. At age six he attended a Protestant elementary school (Volksschule) and at age ten a private school, The Royal Bavarian Realgymnasium (Koeniglich-Bayerisches Realgymnasium). Like most students, he was educated in Latin and the humanities, later being exposed to Nietzsche and other thinkers. He suffered a heart attack at the age of twelve but soon recovered and continued his education. Significantly, Brecht was exposed at a young age to Luther's German translation of the Bible, a text considered instrumental in the development of the modern German language. Quotes from and references to the Bible abound throughout Brecht's work and can be found most particularly in

5. Bertolt Brecht --  Britannica Online Encyclopedia
Britannica online encyclopedia article on Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, and theatrical reformer whose epic theatre departed from the conventions
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6. Bertolt Brecht – Wikipedia
Translate this page Brecht, Bertolt Kirjoituksia teatterista. Suomentaneet Anja Kolehmainen, Rauni Paalanen ja Outi Valle. Teatterikorkeakoulun julkaisusarja nro 14.
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Saksan demokraattinen tasavalta Ammatit: n¤ytelm¤kirjailija, runoilija Kansallisuus: It¤valta Tyylilajit: eeppinen teatteri Bertolt Brecht (syntyj¤¤n Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht; s. 10. helmikuuta Augsburg Saksa – k. 14. elokuuta It¤-Berliini It¤-Saksa ) oli saksalainen n¤ytelm¤kirjailija ja runoilija. H¤nen tunnettuihin teoksiinsa kuuluvat Kolmen pennin ooppera (yhteisty¶ss¤ Kurt Weillin kanssa), Herra Puntila ja h¤nen renkins¤ Matti (yhdess¤ Hella Hella Wuolijoen kanssa), „iti Peloton ja h¤nen lapsensa SetÅ¡uanin hyv¤ ihminen ja Galileo Galilei
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Brecht syntyi Augsburgissa, Baijerissa . H¤nen ¤itins¤ oli protestantti ja is¤ns¤ katolinen paperitehtaan johtaja. Brecht opiskeli l¤¤k¤riksi ja ty¶skenteli ensimm¤isen maailmansodan aikaan l¤¤kint¤joukoissa. Sodan j¤lkeen h¤n palasi l¤¤ketieteen opintoihin, mutta keskeytti ne 1921. Brecht kirjoitti ensimm¤isen n¤ytelm¤ns¤ Baal vuonna 1922. Siit¤ tuli eritt¤in suosittu. Vuonna 1927 Brecht alkoi lukea

7. Bertolt Brecht - Wikiquote
Translate this page Okt. 1928, S.16., zitiert nach Bertolt Brecht Werke. Große kommentierte Frankfurter und Berliner Ausgabe, Suhrkamp Verlag Frankfurt/M., Aufbau-Verlag
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  • "Das Volk hat das Vertrauen der Regierung verscherzt. W¤re es da nicht doch einfacher, die Regierung l¶ste das Volk auf und w¤hlte ein anderes?" - nach dem Gedicht "Die L¶sung" aus den Buckower Elegien, 1953 "Der SchoŸ ist fruchtbar noch, aus dem das kroch." - Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui, Epilog, 1958 "Die M¼hen der Gebirge liegen hinter uns // Vor uns liegen die M¼hen der Ebenen. - Wahrnehmung, (1949) Werke. GroŸe kommentierte Berliner und Frankfurter Ausgabe". Band 15 Gedichte 5; 1993. S. 205 "Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral." - Denn wovon lebt der Mensch?, Die Dreigroschenoper, 1928 "Meine Lieblingslekt¼re? Sie werden lachen: die Bibel Die Dame, Ullstein Verlag Berlin, Beilage: Die losen Bl¤tter, Heft 1, 1.Okt. 1928, S.16., zitiert nach: Bertolt Brecht: Werke. GroŸe kommentierte Frankfurter und Berliner Ausgabe, Suhrkamp Verlag Frankfurt/M., Aufbau-Verlag Berlin und Weimar 1988-1998, Bd.21, S.248 "Was ist der Einbruch in eine Bank gegen die Gr¼ndung einer Bank?" -

8. Alice In Theaterland - Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht quotes and bio. Also photos of Brecht and related links.
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Brecht Bertolt (1898-1956)
German dramatist and poet. Born in Augsburg at February 10, 1898. He aimed to destroy the "suspension of disbelief" usual in the theatre and to express Marxist ideas. He adapted John Gay's Beggar's Opera as Die Dreigroschenoper/The threepenny Opera Der kaukasische Kreidekreis/The Caucasian chalk Circle
As an anti-Nazi, he left Germany in 1933 for Scandinavia and the USA. He became an Australian citizen after World War II, and in 1949 establishes the Berliner Ensemble theatre group in East Germany.
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  • Drama schools, neglect the need for observation and mimesis of the objective of this observation. Young actors have the tendency to express themselves without taking into account the stimulus they receive and in which they owe the way they express. The actor has not only to produce poetic morphs but also to recreate and elaborate constantly real types from his surrounding. For the actor the entire world transforms into a theatre and himself in a spectator. (Uber den Beruf des Schauspielers) An actor never closes his door to any joy or sorrow. These feelings are necessary to his work because his first thought is to remain human.

9. Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brecht and Socialist Realism. Jakup Mato, Rinush Idrizi, Vangjush Ziko, Anastas Kapurani. Life. Brecht is among the distinguished representatives of
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Anastas Kapurani Life Brecht is among the distinguished representatives of socialist realist art. As a creator, he is many-sided: poet, dramatist, director, critic and publicist. He was born on 10 February, 1898 in Augsburg in Bavaria, Germany. His childhood and early youth were passed in years of tempestuous events filled with drama events which were historic not only for Germany, but for the whole of Europe and humanity. It was at this time that there occurred the profound crisis of the capitalist world of the beginning of our century, together with the politico-historical events linked with it which led to the outbreak of the First World War with all its destructive consequences. These tragic events left their mark on the young Brecht and powerfully influenced the formation of his character. We see the young Brecht incline towards progressive ideas, towards concern for and defence of the destiny of the common man evidence of the early formation in him of democratic and patriotic ideas. This was reflected in his first poems, written from the age of sixteen. These poems have an anti-militarist spirit and are permeated by the leitmotiv of struggle against the War. After completing secondary school in the city of his birth, during the years 1917-1921 he went to Munich to continue higher studies in the fields of medicine and the natural sciences. He completed these studies only after an interval since, during the years of the First World War, he was mobilized and in 1918 served in a military hospital. After this, he devoted himself entirely to literature and art.

10. Bertolt Brecht - Wikipedia
Translate this page Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht detto Bertolt (Augusta, 10 febbraio 1898 – Berlino, 14 agosto 1956) è considerato il più influente drammaturgo,
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11. Bertolt Brecht - Wikiquote
Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht (1898–1956), commonly known as Bertolt Brecht, was an influential German Marxist dramatist, stage director, and poet of the
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        • Kleines Organon f¼r das Theater " ("A Short Organum for the Theatre") (1949), paragraph 55 quoted in Brecht on Theatre (1964), edited by John Willett for art to be 'unpolitical' means only to ally itself with the 'ruling' group.
          • "A Short Organum for the Theatre" (1949), paragraph 55 Brecht on Theatre , ed. John Willett (1964, 196)
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          • Balladeer : And the shark he has his teeth and
            There they are for all to see
            And Macheath he has his knife but
            No one knows where it may be.
            • "The Moritat of Mackie the Knife"; Prologue, p. 3 Translation note: A "moritat" (a word meaning both "muderous deed" and "ballad")is a street song telling of murderous crimes. ( Lotte Lenya , "Foreward", p. xii)

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Bertolt Brecht 2 The epic aesthetic, by contrast, “can take a pair of scissors and cut it into individual pieces, which remain fully capable of life” (p.
Bertolt Brecht, the Aesthetics of Epic Theatre: Pedagogic Implications for the Management and Organization David Boje July 16, 2003 New Mexico State University This is an overview of how I use Epic Theatre to develop critical theory skills for management, organization theory, and leadership courses. The term Epic Theater, used by Brecht for the first time in 1926, did not originate with him, although it is generally applied to his work today. It was already in the air in 1924 when Brecht moved from Munich to Berlin and was first used in connection with revolutionary experiments by director Erwin Piscator. Many playwrights and composers produced plays and musical compositions in the 1920s which have been since been labeled epic (Stravinisky, Pirandello, Claudel), and others have followed in their footsteps (Wilder, Miller, Becket). Brecht (‘ Theatre for Pleasure or Theatre for Instruction ” in Willett, 1957: 71) distinguishes between the Dramatic and the Epic Spectator. If we assume people grow up in the dramatic aesthetic, then the task of critical management studies is to defamiliarize it with epic theatre. There is a dialectic relation between two spectators: Figure 1: Dialectic of Dramatic and Epic Spectator Dramatic and Epic theatre have different constructions that were defined by Aristotle (350 BCE), “whose laws” says Brecht, “were dealt with by two different branches of aesthetics” (Willett, 1957: 70). The dramatic aesthetic is the strong centralization of the story and a momentum that draws the six poetic elements (plot, character, theme, dialog, rhythm, and spectacle) into common relationship.

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    Bertolt Brecht, 18981956, was one of the greatest dramatists of the 20th century. His first poems were published at 16.
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    Bertolt Brecht, 1898-1956, was one Source: of the most brilliant practitioners of the German Theatre. He was, and still is, regarded as one of the most influential figures in European theatre. He was born in Augsburg in Germany, the son of a manufacturer. He studied philosophy and natural science in Munich and Berlin. He wrote 39 plays, the first of which, Baal, was written in 1918. Source: Bertolt Brecht, whose final work, Source: This selection of Bertolt Brecht's critical writing charts the development of his thinking on theatre and aesthetics over four decades. The volume demonstrates how the theories of Epic Theatre and Alienation evolved, and contains notes and essays on the staging of "The Threepenny Opera", "Mahagonny", "Mother Courage", "Puntila", "Galileo" and many others of his plays. Also included is "A Short Organum for the Theatre", Brecht's most complete statement of his revolutionary philosophy of the theatre. With over 32 pages of photographs of Brecht's productions and workshops, this is a key volume for Literature and Theatre Studies alike. "Admirably translated and annotated this book is a source of instruction, enlightenment, even fun" - "New York Times". Source:

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    Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) German poet, playwright, and theatrical reformer, one of the most prominent figures in the 20th-century theatre. Bertolt Brecht was concerned with encouraging audiences to think rather than becoming too involved in the story line and to identify with the characters. In this process he used alienation effects (A Effekts). Brecht developed a form of drama called epic theatre in which ideas or didactic lessons are important. "In order to produce A Effects the actor has to discard whatever means he has learned of persuading the audience to identify itself with the characters which he plays. Aiming not to put his audience into a trance, he must not go into a trance himself. His muscles must remain loose, for a turn of the head, e.g., with tautened neck muscles, will "magically" lead the spectators' eyes and even their heads to turn with it, and this can only detract from any speculation or reaction which the gestures may bring about. His way of speaking has to be free from ecclesiastical singsong and from all those cadences which lull the spectator so that the sense gets lost." (from A Short Organum for the Theatre enfant terrible In 1917 Brecht enrolled as a medical student at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, where he sometimes attended also the theatre seminar conducted by Professor Artur Kutscher. Between 1919 and 1921 he wrote theatre criticisms for the left-wing Socialist paper Die Augsburger. After military service as a medical orderly, he returned to his studies, but abandoned them in 1921. During the Bavarian revolutionary turmoil of 1918, Brech wrote his first play, BAAL, which was produced in 1923. The play celebrated life and sexuality and was huge success.

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    (b. Feb. 10, 1898, Augsburg, Ger.d. Aug. 14, 1956, East Berlin),
    German poet, playwright, and theatrical reformer whose epic theatre departed from the conventions of theatrical illusion and developed the drama as a social and ideological forum for leftist causes. Until 1924 Brecht lived in Bavaria, where he was born, studied medicine (Munich, 1917-21), and served in an army hospital (1918). From this period date his first play, Baal (produced 1923); his first success, Trommeln in der Nacht (Kleist Preis, 1922; Drums in the Night); the poems and songs collected as Die Hauspostille (1927; A Manual of Piety, 1966), his first professional production (Edward II, 1924); and his admiration for Wedekind, Rimbaud, Villon, and Kipling. During this period he also developed a violently antibourgeois attitude that reflected his generation's deep disappointment in the civilization that had come crashing down at the end of World War I. Among Brecht's friends were members of the Dadaist group, who aimed at destroying what they condemned as the false standards of bourgeois art through derision and iconoclastic satire. The man who taught him the elements of Marxism in the late 1920s was Karl Korsch, an eminent Marxist theoretician who had been a Communist member of the Reichstag but had been expelled from the German Communist Party in 1926. In Berlin (1924-33) he worked briefly for the directors Max Reinhardt and Erwin Piscator, but mainly with his own group of associates. With the composer Kurt Weill (q.v.) he wrote the satirical, successful ballad opera Die Dreigroschenoper (1928; The Threepenny Opera) and the opera Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny (1930; Rise and Fall of the Town of Mahoganny). He also wrote what he called "Lehr-stucke" ("exemplary plays")badly didactic works for performance outside the orthodox theatreto music by Weill, Hindemith, and Hanns Eisler. In these years he developed his theory of "epic theatre" and an austere form of irregular verse. He also became a Marxist.

    18. International Brecht Society
    Society serving scholars, critics, students, and theater people around the world who are interested in the works and thought of bertolt brecht.
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    The International Brecht Society Homepage is maintained as a service to scholars, critics, students, and theater people round the world who are interested in the works and thought of Brecht. Readers of the IBS website are encouraged to send announcements and information for posting. Please use the Suggestion Box or email the website Technical Supervisor . Mail or faxes sent to the website Managing Editor will take significantly longer to post. The IBS was founded in 1970 on the model of Bertolt Brecht's own unrealized plans for a "Diderot Society". A non-profit, educational organization with a world-wide membership, the Society promotes the performance and understanding of Brecht's texts and addresses issues of politics and culture in contemporary life. It also encourages and supports local, national, and regional groups with related goals. In Brecht's spirit of collaborative work, the IBS hopes that this website will function as a clearinghouse, facilitating international contacts and exchange. It is committed to maintaining Brecht as a living force in the theater as well as in the political and cultural arenas, so that he remains - as he wished - an "unsettling presence". If you are interested in becoming a member of the IBS, click here For more information about the contents of this site, click

    19. Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
    Biography of German playwright bertolt brecht, plus links to all of his works currently in print.
    Bertolt Brecht A poet first and foremost, Bertolt Brecht's genius was for language. However, because this language is built upon a certain bold and direct simplicity, his plays often lose something in the translation from his native German. Nevertheless, they contain a rare poetic vision, a voice that has rarely been paralleled in the 20th century. Brecht was influenced by a wide variety of sources including Chinese, Japanese, and Indian theatre, the Elizabethans (especially Shakespeare ), Greek tragedy, Wedekind , fair-ground entertainments, the Bavarian folk play, and many more. Such a wide variety of sources might have proven overwhelming for a lesser artist, but Brecht had the uncanny ability to take elements from seemingly incompatible sources, combine them, and make them his own. In his early plays, Brecht experimented with dada and expressionism, but in his later work, he developed a style more suited his own unique vision. He detested the "Aristotelian" drama and its attempts to lure the spectator into a kind of trance-like state, a total identification with the hero to the point of complete self-oblivion, resulting in feelings of terror and pity and, ultimately, an emotional catharsis. He didn't want his audience to feel emotionshe wanted them to think and towards this end, he determined to destroy the theatrical illusion, and, thus, that dull trance-like state he so despised.

    20. The Life And Lies Of Bertolt Brecht
    For him, this side of the fall of the wall, brecht is open season. After being compared to Hitler and Stalin, the bertolt brecht in Fuegi s new biography is
    "Bertolt Brecht: the man who never was"
    The Life and Lies of Bertolt Brecht
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    Harper Collins. 732 pp., $39.95,
    Reviewed by Dave Riley
    published in Green Left Weekly #177, March 1, 1995 - reproduced here by permission of Dave Riley
    (Brief reference to Brecht's appearance before HUAC in another article.) As the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, word went out that this action drew on the inspiration of ``the three B's'' - Biermann, Bahro and Brecht. The masses of Berliners who took to the streets in search of a new beginning had chosen their heroes well: Wolf Biermann was a master of the protest song, something of a Germanic Bob Dylan but with an allegiance to socialism; Rudolf Bahro, a sometime jailed GDR dissident who, after being exiled to the West, became a major theoretician and leader of the German Greens; and Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956), renowned poet and playwright. Brecht's ready listing was sure to fuel the immense controversy that he has attracted since his early theatrical successes in the 1920s. Sometimes compared to Shakespeare (by Charles Laughton), Brecht is generally considered one of the great playwrights and directors of the 20th century. Even now, almost 40 years after his death, his plays - along with those of Chekhov - are the most frequently performed works in the modern repertoire. (In my locality alone there have been three separate Brecht productions in the last year.) As the English theatre director Peter Brook has emphasised: ``Brecht is the key figure of our time, and all theatre work today at some point starts or returns to his statements and achievement''.

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