By Arthur Schnitzler
The playwright Arthur Schnitzler is healthier referred to as the chronicler of fin de si`ecle Viennese decadence. here's a specific choice of seven of Schnitzler's best-known performs in new English translations which are fluent and expressive and excellent for studying, research, or performance.
Round Dance, written within the overdue Eighteen Nineties, exposes sexual lifestyles in Vienna with such witty frankness that it may well now not be staged until eventually after the 1st global warfare, while it provoked a insurrection within the theater and a prosecution for indecency. the gathering additionally comprises Flirtations, The eco-friendly Cockatoo, The Last Masks, Countess Mizzi, and The massive Domain. those different performs discover love, sexuality, and dying in quite a few guises, consistently with a pointy, non-judgemental wisdom of the complexity and secret of the psyche. conversant in Freud and his circle, Schnitzler probes underneath the skin of his characters to discover feelings they slightly comprehend. additionally integrated is the tragicomedy Professor Bernhardi, during which Schnitzler addresses the growing to be anti-Semitism of the interval. The advent via Ritchie Robertson explores the performs with regards to Schnitzler's existence, to the tradition of turn-of-the-century Vienna, and to Mordernism in general.
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