Right You Are, If You Think You Are

by Luigi Pirandello

Dover Publications | April 22, 1997 | Trade Paperback

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This famous play, an expressionistic parable by the Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright, explores such themes as the relativity of truth, the vanity and necessity of illusion and the instability of the human personality. It is presented here in an excellent new English translation by Stanley Appelbaum.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.18 in

Published: April 22, 1997

Publisher: Dover Publications

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486295761

ISBN - 13: 9780486295763

Found in: Continental European, Continental European
Appropriate for ages: 14

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Right You Are, If You Think You Are

by Luigi Pirandello

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 64 pages, 8.25 × 5.19 × 0.18 in

Published: April 22, 1997

Publisher: Dover Publications

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486295761

ISBN - 13: 9780486295763

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This famous play, an expressionistic parable by the Nobel Prize-winning Italian playwright, explores such themes as the relativity of truth, the vanity and necessity of illusion and the instability of the human personality. It is presented here in an excellent new English translation by Stanley Appelbaum.

About the Author

Born in Sicily, Pirandello attended the universities of Palermo, Rome, and Bonn. He obtained his doctorate in philology with a thesis on the dialect of his native town, Agrigento before settling in Rome to teach and write. In 1894, he married a Sicilian girl, Antonietta Portulano, who bore him three children before she went mad and afterwards provided the inspiration for many of his stories and plays. In all, Pirandello wrote 6 novels, some 250 short stories, and about 50 plays. It was a novel, Il fu Mattia Pascal (1904), that first brought him fame. Only in 1920, when he was past 50, did he turn seriously to playwriting. His first stage success had been a comedy, Liola (1917), written in the Agrigento dialect. It took its theme, if not its mood, from the Mandragola of Machiavelli (see Vols. 3 and 4). In 1921, Pirandello presented his most famous play Six Characters in Search of an Author. Here he seeks to confuse his spectators, who are forced into a paradox of reality and illusion when six "characters" search out the actors of a theatrical troupe to play out their inexorable story. The play exemplifies the Pirandellian conflict between art, which is unchanging and constant, and life, which is a continuous succession of mutations. Pirandello deliberately destroyed the traditional boundaries between audience and spectacle, reflecting the relativity and subjectivity of human existence. The play's unconventional format, which resulted in a riot, established Pirandello as Europe
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