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A Life of Galileo

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A Life of Galileo
AUTHORS

A Life of Galileo

SYNOPSIS

The Life of Galileo (also known as Life of Galileo or Galileo) is a play by Bertolt Brecht with music by Hans Eisler. This play depicts the Renaissance scientist Galilei Galileo in a brutal struggle for freedom from authoritarian dogma. Unable to resist his appetite for scientific investigation, Galileo comes in conflict with the Inquisition and must publicly abjure his theorie.

 The drama was written between 1937-1939, and it premiered on 9th September 1943 at the Schauspielhaus Zürich in Switzerland.

AVAILABILITY
Available
YEAR
1943
ISBN
978-1-4725-0741-9
TYPOLOGY
Drama
PUBLISHER
Methuen Publishing
biography

A Life of Galileo

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was a German playwright, novelist and poet, creator of the anti-Aristotelian Epic Theatre. His work escaped from the interests of the ruling elite, aimed to clarifying the social issues of the time.

Euger Bertholt Friedrich Brecht (1898-1956) was born in Augsburg, Germany, on February 10, 1898. He started writing at a young age, publishing his first text in a newspaper in 1914.

He interrupted his medical studies in Munich to serve as a hospital nurse during the First World War (1914-1918).

In 1924, Brecht moved to Berlin, where he joined the Deutsches Theater, and was an assistant to directors Max Reinhardt and Erwin Piscator.

One of his best-known plays is “Mother Courage and Her Children” (1941), a parable of the role of the petty bourgeoisie in the midst of political storms, considered by some to be Brecht’s masterpiece.

In 1949, with the support of the East German government, Bertolt Brecht founded a theater company the “Berliner Ensemble”, which mainly staged his plays.

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