Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, Woyzeck (Oxford World's Classics)

Danton's Death, Leonce and Lena, Woyzeck (Oxford World's Classics)

Georg Büchner

Language: English

Pages: 176

ISBN: 0199540357

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This collection of Büchner's three theatrical works includes Danton's Death, his great play about the French Revolution, Leonce and Lena, his "black" romantic comedy and Woyzeck, the unfinished work on which Alban Berg based his famous opera. All three works remained virtually unknown for half a century but today have found an important place in the modern repertory.

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trousers, give it hands and feet, paint its face and let it attitudinize through three acts till at the finish it gets married or blows its brains out—and lo, idealism! Fiddle out an opera that bears as much relation to the ups and downs of life as a clay pipe blowing bubbles to a nightingale—high Art. Turn people out of the theatre and on to the street—and oh dear me, how pitiful reality is! They forget God Almighty for his bad imitators. Creation, red-hot creation thunders and lightens in and

discrimination in favour of a handful? Why should I concern myself with the praise men lavish on themselves and their friends? Experience has taught us only too often what such praise is worth. We do not ask whether a man has done this or that patriotic deed; we ask after his whole political career. Legendre appears not to know the names of the arrested men. The whole Convention knows them. His friend Lacroix is one. Why does Legendre seem not to know this? Because he is well aware that it is

handful of sand? [He scoops up some sand, throws it in the air and catches it on the back of his hand.] First I throw it in the air. Now, shall we have a little wager—how many grains on the back of my hand? Odd or even? What, you won’t bet? Are you a heathen? Do you believe in God? I usually wager against myself; I can keep it up all day. If you could conjure up somebody willing to bet with me occasionally you’d greatly oblige me. Then I have to devise a method of seeing the top of my head. Oh,

sense. Now show us what you can do when you use your powers of reason. Is there an ass in this learned company? [The horse shakes its head.] See that? That’s the power of reason. A horse of a different colour. This is no dumb animal, this is a person. A human being in animal form—but still a beast, still an animal. [The horse behaves indecently.] That’s right, put society to shame. You see, this animal is still in a state of nature. Unidealized nature. Take a lesson from him. Ask your doctor;

dramas.’ One of these two is presumably the already completed Pietro Aretino; the other is certainly Woyzeck, and Büchner’s remark can only mean that he would have it ready for publication within the week. Unless there was a later, fifth manuscript (which I do not think is a justifiable assumption), we must believe that Büchner thought he could put what we now possess into order within that time. Would that have been possible? Just about. When we look at the manuscripts we find that the ‘final

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