Mother Courage and Her Children

Mother Courage and Her Children

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Mother Courage and Her Children is widely regarded as Brecht's best work, a theatrical landmark and one of the most powerful anti-war plays in history. This translation by Michael Hofmann was published to coincide with the UK tour by English Touring Theatre in 2006.

In this chronicle of the Thirty Years War of the seventeenth century, Mother Courage follows the armies back and forth across Europe, selling provisions and liquor from her canteen wagon. As the action of the play progresses between the years 1624 and 1646 she loses her children to the war but remains indomitable, refusing to part with her livelihood - the wagon. The play is one of the most celebrated examples of Epic Theatre and of Brecht's use of alienation effect to focus attention on the issues of the play above the individual characters. It remains regarded as one of the greatest plays of the twentieth century and one of the great anti-war plays of all time. The Berlin production of 1949, with Helene Weigel as Mother Courage, marked the foundation of the Berliner Ensemble.

Translated by the celebrated, German-born translator Michael Hofmann who has won multiple awards for his translation of works from German into English, the stage production was acclaimed for his 'gutsy,colloquial translation' (The Stage).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781408160961
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 02/17/2015
Series: Modern Classics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 914,891
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and writing have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera and, while exiled from Germany and living in the USA, such masterpieces as The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. His plays and dramatic theory are central to the study of modern theatre.

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and critical writings have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.


John Willett (1917-2002) was the greatest English language authority on Brecht the writer and man of the theatre. The foremost translator and editor of Brecht's drama, poetry, letters, diaries, theatrical essays and fiction, Willett produced a dozen volumes for Methuen Drama on the greatest modern German writer.

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Mother Courage and Her Children 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DCArchitect on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brechtian theater is built on the concept that to much emotional response by the audience interferes with the social commentary of the work and ultimately decreases a work's ability to bring about social change.Brecht, writing during World War II, gives us a story of a woman who relies on a war that is killing her children to make a profit. A ringing condemnation of what Eisenhower would call the Military Industrial Complex.
ex_ottoyuhr on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I think we can all agree that the English-speaking world needs more 30 Years' War fiction, or else that I need to get much better at German. :)A really superb play -- but it's Brecht. It's hazardous for me to say this without having read all his works, but in my experience, you _can't_ go wrong with Brecht.
jorgearanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun and horrifying antiwar tragedy.
stephensoldner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
an excellent brecht play that, despite what some say of the nature of his plays, does have a fair amount of emotionalism in it, at least as far as the fate of the children goes (kattrin in particular). this doesn't take away at all from brecht's social statements, which are in full effect and as concrete as ever. plays allow more of a focus on character actions than prose, and this is very important for 'mother courage'.eric bentley's translations, i would assume, are excellent (considering how much brecht he has translated and the fact that he actually worked with brecht for several of his translations) and his introduction is insightful and helpful for anyone unfamiliar with brecht. brecht even has a few notes towards the end of this edition that also explain the character of mother courage and the play's theme in general.
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