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The Great Playwrights: Twenty Five Plays With Commentaries By Critics And Scholars (Vol. 1 & 2)

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Here are 25 plays, selected out of the vast heritage of Western drama, by the distinguished critic, playwright and scholar Eric Bentley.
Hardcover, First, 2264 pages
Published 1970 by Doubleday Books
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Keith
Jan 24, 2016 Keith rated it really liked it
This is a (literally) weighty two-volume history of Western drama. From Aeschylus to Brecht, it includes a selection of the most famous and influential plays in European history. (Sorry – no Americans made the cut.) Plus it includes essays about the playwrights and/or the plays.

Over the last 20 years, I’ve read all the plays in this two-volume set but one. As I re-read these classic plays, I’m reading the essays. The essays are insightful. There is a bit too much Freudian interpretation for my
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He was a theater critic and translator.

Taught freshman English at UCLA for a year. And that is where he met the "German playwright Bertolt Brecht, who had recently immigrated to the United States after fleeing Nazi Germany and was unknown in this country. The two of them became close, and it was Bentley who translated a lot of Brecht's work into English and helped establish his career in America."
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