The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht

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Liveright Publishing, 04.12.2018 - 1312 Seiten

Times Literary Supplement • Books of the Year ("The most generous available English collection of Brecht’s poetry.")

A landmark literary event, The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht is the most extensive English translation of Brecht’s poetry to date.

Widely celebrated as the greatest German playwright of the twentieth century, Bertolt Brecht was also, as George Steiner observed, “that very rare phenomenon, a great poet, for whom poetry is an almost everyday visitation and drawing of breath.” Hugely prolific, Brecht also wrote more than two thousand poems—though fewer than half were published in his lifetime, and early translations were heavily censored. Now, award-winning translators David Constantine and Tom Kuhn have heroically translated more than 1,200 poems in the most comprehensive English collection of Brecht’s poetry to date. Written between 1913 and 1956, these poems celebrate Brecht’s unquenchable “love of life, the desire for better and more of it,” and reflect the technical virtuosity of an artist driven by bitter and violent politics, as well as by the untrammeled forces of love and erotic desire. A monumental achievement and a reclamation, The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht is a must-have for any lover of twentieth-century poetry.
 

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Steffin Collection
THE WAR YEARS
Poems for Margarete Steffin 19381941
Childrens Crusade 1939
Uncollected Poems 19411942
Chinese Poems
Hollywood Elegies
PART V

The Reader for City Dwellers
Uncollected Poems 19311933
PART III
Poems for Margarete Steffin 19321937
Poems from the German War Primer Complex
PART IV
Studies
Uncollected Poems 19391940
Buckow Elegies and Other Late Poems 19451956
Buckow Elegies
Notes
Poems in Europe and America 19381945
Index of English Titles and First Lines
Index of German Titles and First Lines
Urheberrecht

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Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) was a German poet, playwright, and theater director. In those capacities, and also as a polemical essayist, he contributed powerfully to the chief literary and political debates of his day, and lastingly influenced theatrical theory and practice. He left more than 2,000 poems, assuring him a place among the very best lyric poets of Germany.

David Constantine is a freelance writer and translator. His most recent volume of poetry is Elder (2014); his fourth collection of short stories, Tea at the Midland, won the Frank O’ Connor International Short Story Award in 2013.

Tom Kuhn teaches at the University of Oxford, where he is a Fellow of St Hugh’s College. He works on twentieth-century drama and German exile literature and has been, since 1996, editor of the main English-language Brecht edition.

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