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Bertolt Brecht: His Life, His Art, His Times

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Highly acclaimed when it was first published in 1967, Frederic Ewen's monumental biographical study of Bertolt Brecht has long been out of print. In response to national demand, Citadel Press is proud to reissue this complete and unabridged text. Of "Bertolt Brecht: His Life, His Art, His Times, the critics wrote:

"The finest critical study of Brecht to date. This book is a
Paperback, 592 pages
Published February 19th 1992 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 1967)
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Rounded up, this Life is more of an analysis of Brecht's work and the milieu within which he operated than any sort of chronicle of his life. His upbringing is vague as is his conscription, his transformation from vaudevillian to humanist, much less a politicized is likewise left opaque.

This is a messy biography but one littered with quotes, it particularly leans on the collected poetry-- which I finished earlier this year. I did enjoy the anecdote of Brecht being investigated by the HCUAC duri
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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I can't remember the last time that I read a book this long. Maybe I haven't.

I knew very little of Brecht at the outset of reading the book. I had heard of some of his work (Three Penny Opera, Mother Courage, et. al) but I had not seen or read any of it. I went into the biography with a complete and open mind.

Brecht as an artist was astounding. He had no formal training (probably for the best) and all the choices that he made were based off of instinct and trial-and-error. He had a clear vision
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ricco di particolari, adatto se si vuole fare una tesi su Brecht o su una sua opera
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
It's like the title says: Ewen attempts to summarize all of Brecht's life, his art, and his times. This is the first critical study of Brecht that I've read, so I'm not qualified to say what it's missing regarding the analysis of his works. From an amateur perspective though it seems (as another reviewer said I think) introductory. Ewen runs you through each era of Brecht's life, the major events, the major works, and the culture, ideas, and history surrounding him as he wrote. I did like the be ...more
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About to pick up this play today took a look at the first page and it seems interesting.
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