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

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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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Arthur Schnitzler (1862-1931) was born and brought up in Vienna. A doctor by profession, whhisose views often matched those of Sigmund Freud, his contemporary and fellow-Viennese. Schnitzler started writing stories, poems, essays and one-act plays in the 1880s. As well as "Anatol" (published 1892) and "La Ronde" ("Reigen", published 1900), his prolific work for the theatre includes the tragedy "Playing with Love" ("Liebelei", 1895), "The Green Cockatoo" ("Der grune Kakadu", 1899), set on the eve of the French Revolution, and "The Legacy" ("Das Vermachtnis", 1898).

Ritchie Robertson is a Professor of German and a Fellow of St. John's College at the University of Oxford.

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Davies's translation once again brings us closer to a masterpiece of modern drama written before the twentieth century had even begun. Leo A Lensing, TLS

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