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Title:
Mother courage and her children : a chronicle of the Thirty Years' War
Author:
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956.
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Uniform Title:
Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder. English
Edition:
Complete and unabridged edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Grove, [1991?]

©1966
Physical Description:
126 pages ; 18 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780802130822
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Widely considered one of the great dramatic creations of the modem stage, Mother Courage and Her Children is Bertolt Brecht's most passionate and profound statement against war. Set in the seventeenth century, the play follows Anna Fierling ("Mother Courage"), an itinerant trader, as she pulls her wagon of wares and her children through the blood and carnage of Europe's religious wars. Battered by hardships, brutality, and the degradation and death of her children, she ultimately finds herself alone with the one thing in which she truly believes--her ramshackle wagon with its tattered flag and freight of boots and brandy. Fitting herself in its harness, the old woman manages, with the last of her strength, to drag it onward to the next battle. In the enduring figure of Mother Courage, Bertolt Brecht has created one of the most extraordinary characters in literature.


Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)