STRINDBERG, A BIOGRAPHY

 
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Called "that greatest genius of all modern dramatists" by Eugene O'Neill, Strindberg was one of the founders of the modern theater--a prolific author whose works prefigured those of Pinter, Beckett, and Ionesco. Yet, despite their admiration by such contemporaries as Ibsen, Chekhov, and George Bernard Shaw, Strindberg's works were misunderstood and rejected by his fellow Swedes, who throughout his life considered him a crank and a failure.
In this definitive biography, Michael Meyer, the foremost translator of Strindberg's plays into English, presents a full and honest portrait of Strindberg as man and artist. Concentrating on his contribution to the theater, Meyer has sifted through Strindberg's voluminous autobiographical writings as well as published and unpublished letters to discover the source of his art and its meaning to both Strindberg and the theater. He also gives a sense of Strindberg's troubled life--his three tempestuous marriages, his exile, his often disputatious relations with other artists-- and sheds new light on the playwright's supposed misogyny, his bouts with madness, and his paranoia.

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Michael Meyer, the author of Ibsen: A Biography, was awarded the Gold Medal of the Swedish Academy for his English translations of Ibsen's and Strindberg's plays.

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Book Description London: Secker & Warburg, 1985. Book Condition: Gut. XVI; 651 S., Abb. Umschl. gering berieben. - List of Illustrations - Preface - PART ONE: THE EARLY YEARS (1849-1883) - Ancestry and Childhood - First Steps in the Theatre - "A Restless Seeker" - Master Olof - Siri - Marriage and Fame - Distractions - "The Theatre is Omega" - PART TWO: THE FIRST EXILE (1883-1889) - France and Switzerland - The Trial - The Beginnings of Misogyny - The Father - Miss Julie - The Experimental Theatre - PART THREE: THE FIRST RETURN (1889-1892) - A Hungry Landscape - The End of a Marriage - PART FOUR: THE WANDERER (1892-1898) - Frida - An English Honeymoon - The End of Another Marriage Towards Inferno - Inferno - "Do I Fight with Demons?" - The Road to Damascus - PART FIVE: THE HOMECOMING (1898-1912) - "Plays and No More Alchemy" - Harriet - Crabbed Age and Youth - "No End, No New Beginning" - "My Disharmonies Rend Me" - The Chamber Plays and Black Banners - "Can the Pit Smell of Roses?" - Fanny - The Last Engagements - "I No Longer Exist" Epilogue - Select Bibliography - Notes - Index. // Eugene O'Neill called Strindberg "that greatest genius of all modern dramatists". Admired by his peers, including Ibsen, Chekhov, Gorki and Shaw, Strindberg was often misunderstood and rejected by his compatriots, yet much that is characteristic of modern drama was originated by him. His eventful and tormented life, including three tempestuous marriages, is vividly presented here: his friendships with Gauguin, Munch and Delius; his meetings with Dumas fils, Shaw and Yeats; his calamitous honeymoon in England and his restless wanderings in France and Germany; his dabblings in the occult and his recurrent bouts with madness. This outstanding biography by Strindberg's foremost translator and author of the definitive biography of Ibsen includes many previously unpublished letters and extracts from Strindberg's private diary and is the first fully rounded and considered appraisal of a remarkable man. ISBN 9780436278525 Wir versenden am Tag der Bestellung von Montag bis Freitag. Sprache: Englisch Gewicht in Gramm: 700 Originalhalbleinen mit Schutzumschlag. Bookseller Inventory # 965715

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