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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I was quite determined not to... Do you know, last night I even wrote you a long letter?   I didn’t receive anything.   I tore it up again. Oh, I wish I’d sent that letter off to you.   It’s better this way.   O no, it’s shameful... of me. I can’t understand myself. Adieu, Alfred, let me go. The Young Master embraces her and covers her face with passionate kisses.   Is this... how you keep your word...   One more kiss–– just one more.

dissolved?  So was my fortune.  (smiling) Not bad. (Both smile.–– Suddenly serious) And so you set up in business as a publican?  A business which went from bad to worse.  At which point you had an idea, that one can’t deny has a certain originality.  You make me feel proud, Commissioner.  You reassembled your troupe here, and now have them perform a strange and not altogether unobjectionable play.  If it were objectionable,

did it happen?... Where is she?  (more and more excited) I escorted her... to the theatre... today was to have been her last performance... I kissed her... at the door–– and she went up to her dressing room, while I departed like a man with nothing to fear.–– But I’d not gone a hundred yards when I was seized by a tremendous anxiety... as though driven by some inner compulsion to turn back... and so I began to retrace my steps. But then I felt ashamed and started out again... but within a

hundred yards of the theatre I was again overcome by anxiety... and again I went back. Her performance for the night was over... she doesn’t have a lot to do, just stands about on stage a while, halfnaked–– and then she’s finished... I stood outside her dressingroom, put my ear to the door and heard whispering. I couldn’t make out a single word... the whispering stopped... I broke open the door... (he bellows like a wild animal)–– it was the Duke of Cadignan and so I murdered him.––  (who

   Henri, say something.  She was his mistress? She was the Duke’s mistress? I didn’t know... he’s still alive... he’s still alive.–– Huge uproar.  (to the others) Well, now where is the truth?  For God’s sake! The Duke pushes his way through the crowd onto the steps.  (who sees him first) The Duke!  The Duke!  Well now, what’s the matter?  Is it a ghost?  Not that I’m aware. Let me through there!  How much do you bet,

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