Plays Vol.2

Translated by B.J. Kenworthy, H.F. Garten, Elizabeth Sprigge

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  • ISBN: 9781847491862
  • Published: 2011

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This second volume of plays by Georg Kaiser contains five plays ranging from his early work through the time of his prolific maturity in the 1920s to his last period as an exile in Switzerland, where he died in 1945.

David and Goliath is set in Denmark and deals with the power of money over men. The President, set in France, is ironical in tone and revolves around a lottery and, once again, the power of money. The Flight to Venice was written at the height of the Expressionist movement in 1922, and is one of the principal plays of the period. One Day in October is highly complex, using 19th century French literary personalities to make points about literary creation and the relationship between art and life. The final play, The Raft of the Medusa, takes its title form Gericault's painting that concerns the regeneration of man overlaid with the pessimism of the European struggle.

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Born November 25, 1878, in Magdeburg, Germany, Georg Kaiser was to become the leader of the expressionist movement in theatre. The movement opened the door for all manner of new techniques including juxtaposition of fantasy and reality, rapidly shifting scenes, and larger-than-life, dreamlike characters.


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