Life of Galileo: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui ; The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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Arcade Pub., 1994 - Drama - 313 pages
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Three plays deal with authoritarian dogma, a gangster parable of Hitler's rise to power, and a clever judge's difficult decision

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This book, as the introduction delineates, was originally written in Fascist Germany whose attitude towards science and knowledge in general paralleled the ignorance of the Papacy in Galileo's era ... Read full review

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Young man, I do not eat my cheese absentmindedly. Despite my perforated memory, I can still cling to triumph, most of which are the achievements of others but alas I can still appreciate. I thought ... Read full review

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Bertolt Brecht was born on February 10, 1898 in Augsburg, Bavaria, and died on August 14, 1956. He was a German playwright, theatre director and Marxist. The modest house where he was born is today preserved as a Brecht Museum. Brecht formed a writing collective which became prolific and very influential. He wrote many lyrics for musicals and collaborated with Kurt Weill to create Die Dregroschenoper -- the biggest hit in 1920s Berlin. Brecht experimented with his own theater and company -- the Berliner Ensemble -- which put on his plays under his direction and which continued after his death with the assistance of his wife. Brecht aspired to create political theater, and it is difficult to evaluate his work in purely aesthetic terms. Brecht died in 1956.

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