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The Jewish Wife and Other Short Plays

The Jewish Wife and Other Short Plays
Your Price: $16.95 CDN
Author: Bertolt Brecht
Translated by: Eric Bentley
Publisher: Grove Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 176
Pub. Date: 1994
ISBN-10: 0802150985
ISBN-13: 9780802150981

About the Play:

The Jewish Wife and Other Short Plays is a collection of one-act plays by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley. These six plays represent the best and most humorous of Brecht's shorter works.

The Jewish Wife is from the Fear and Misery in the Third Reich cycle of one-act plays, which, along with In Search of Justice and The Informer, chronicles the hardships of life in Nazi Germany.

The Exception and the Rule, one of Brecht's most popular short works, grimly depicts the consequences of the mutually dependent – yet inevitable inequitable – relationship between the privileged and the poor; it is included here with The Measures Taken and The Elephant Calf.

Though all of these 'tales of horror', as Eric Bentley calls them, have tragic undertones, they are also infused with farcical absurdities and cosmic irony so characteristic of Bertolt Brecht's work.

About the Playwright:

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theatre director. One of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century, he left Germany in 1933 when Hitler came to power. He lived in the United States for seven years, settling with his family in Santa Monica and New York and continuing to work on plays and films. After the war he returned to Germany, where he founded the Berliner Ensemble. He is best known for his classic plays The Threepenny Opera, The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle as well as many others.

Eric Bentley (1916-2020) was a British-born American drama critic and translator. He received his BA at Oxford University and PhD at Yale University. In 2006, he received an Obie award for lifetime achievement. Throughout his long and distinguished career, he was perhaps best known as one of the preeminent experts on Bertolt Brecht.