Round Dance and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics)

Round Dance and Other Plays (Oxford World's Classics)

Arthur Schnitzler

Language: English

Pages: 448

ISBN: 0199552444

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The playwright Arthur Schnitzler is best known as the chronicler of fin de si`ecle Viennese decadence. Here is a unique collection of seven of Schnitzler's best-known plays in new English translations that are fluent and expressive and ideal for reading, study, or performance.

Round Dance, written in the late 1890s, exposes sexual life in Vienna with such witty frankness that it could not be staged until after the First World War, when it provoked a riot in the theater and a prosecution for indecency. The collection also includes Flirtations, The Green Cockatoo, The Last Masks, Countess Mizzi, and The Vast Domain. These other plays explore love, sexuality, and death in various guises, always with a sharp, non-judgemental awareness of the complexity and mystery of the psyche. Acquainted with Freud and his circle, Schnitzler probes beneath the surface of his characters to uncover emotions they barely understand. Also included is the tragicomedy Professor Bernhardi, in which Schnitzler addresses the growing anti-Semitism of the period. The introduction by Ritchie Robertson explores the plays in relation to Schnitzler's life, to the culture of turn-of-the-century Vienna, and to Mordernism in general.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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looking forward to it!  I say, Fritz, where are the dessert spoons?  (goes back to the sideboard) Here they are, my love. Mizi has meanwhile come forward to where Theodore is lying on the divan, and runs her fingers through his hair.  You kitten, you!  (opens the package Mizi has brought) Magnificent...  (to Fritz) How nicely you’ve arranged everything!  Yes... (lays out the things Mizi has brought,–– tins of sardines, cold meats, butter, cheese) 

all–– in the Porzellangasse.  Is that so? Well, that’s a fair way... but it’s too early for me    yet... with overtime I’ve got a bit of time still... I don’t have to be back at the barracks before twelve. I’m going to dance some more.  I know, of course, now it’s her turn–– that blonde with the lopsided face!  Ha!–– Her face isn’t that lopsided.  My God, men are really wicked! So you do it with just anyone then, do you?  That would be

word for it. But you’re a problem. That is something I have always had a yearning for. I have been deprived of a great pleasure, in as much as yesterday... was the very first time I’ve seen you acting.  Is that possible?  Indeed. You see, Fräulein, it’s so difficult with the theatre. I’m used to dining late... and if one gets there after dinner, the best of it is over. Don’t you agree?  Well, from now on you’ll have to dine a little earlier.  Yes. I have already thought of

what they tell you?–– (Gives the Duke a look)  (gives the landlord a look, then) It’s so stupid. Léocadie was created to be the greatest, most gorgeous whore on earth.  Everyone knows that.  Can anything be more imprudent than to deprive someone of their profession? (As François laughs) I don’t mean that as a joke. One is born to be a whore–– just as one is born to be a conqueror or poet.  You are being paradoxical.  I’m sorry for her–– and for Henri. He should stay

do with filthy lucre...  Forget it, forget it. There’s nothing I need–– nothing... I just wanted to see you one last time, old friend–– that’s all. Yes. (They shake hands)  Is that so? I’m really touched. Yes.–– well, when you’re better, I hope we’ll see more of one another again... well! Awkward pause.–– The clock can be heard ticking in the ward next door.   (enters) Well, here I am, not too punctual I hope?  (gets up, visibly relieved) Not at all, we’ve

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