Introduction
  Benjamin, Walter
  Bismarck, Otto v.
  Brecht, Bertolt
  Celan, Paul
  Döblin, Alfred
  Fontane, Theodor
  Grosz, George
  Grünbein, Durs
  Heartfield, John
  Honigmann, Barbara
  Isherwood, Christopher
  Johnson, Uwe
  Kleist, Heinrich v.
  Kollwitz, Käthe
  Kracauer, Siegfried
  Lang, Fritz
  Lasker-Schüler, Else
  Liebermann, Max
  Liebknecht, Karl
  Luxemburg, Rosa
  Marc, Franz
  Ossietzky, Carl v.
  Riefenstahl, Leni
  Ruttmann, Walther
  Schinkel, Karl Friedrich
  Speer, Albert
  Tieck, Ludwig
  Tucholsky, Kurt
  Ury, Lesser
  Varnhagen, Rahel
  Wenders, Wim

 

 
Brecht, Bertolt

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b. Feb. 10, 1898, Augsburg
d. Aug. 14, 1956, East Berlin


original name EUGEN BERTHOLD FRIEDRICH BRECHT, German poet, playwright, and theatrical reformer whose epic theatre departed from the conventions of theatrical illusion and developed the drama as a social and ideological forum for leftist causes.


Brecht was, first, a superior poet, with a command of many styles and moods. As a playwright he was an intensive worker, a restless piecer-together of ideas not always his own (The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay's Beggar's Opera, and Edward II on Marlowe), a sardonic humorist, and a man of rare musical and visual awareness; but he was often bad at creating living characters or at giving his plays tension and shape. As a producer he liked lightness, clarity, and firmly knotted narrative sequence; a perfectionist, he forced the German theatre, against its nature, to underplay. As a theoretician he made principles out of his preferences--and even out of his faults.

Resources

The International Brecht Society
Bertolt Brecht Turns 100: A Web Exhibit
Brecht-Links from Fachinformationen Germanistik
CWRU: Bertolt Brecht
Brecht: Biography
Bertolt Brechts 100. Geburtstag
Wolf Biermann über Brecht
The Brecht Centennial Page
The Influence of Brecht
Brecht: Leben und Werke
Brechts "Leben des Galilei"
Bertolt Brecht Chronology
Bertolt Brecht: Biography and Works
Links zu Bertolt Brecht from Stuttgarter Zeitung

Source:

"Brecht, Bertolt" Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
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