Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit): A Tragedy in Four Acts (Classic Reprint)

December 24, 2018|
Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit): A Tragedy in Four Acts (Classic Reprint) by Frank Wedekind
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Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) a Tragedy in Four Acts is an exciting and dramatic play written by the famous German playwright Frank Wedekind. Many individuals familiar with theater and major playwrights in history consider Wedekind a major player in the development of epic theater, or plays that are engendering of illusion. It is also important to note that through the majority of Wedekind's work he criticized bourgeois attitudes with particularly scathing criticism aimed at popular beliefs around sex, gender, and sexuality, and this play is no exception.

This play is actually written in tandem with another play by Wedekind entitled "Die B chse der Pandora" (Pandora's Box) which when combined establish a full panorama of the main character's life. These "Lulu" plays present the life of female protagonist Lulu, an enticing young dancer who rises through the ranks of German society via her entanglements with wealthy men. While the act of sex initially secures her fame and fortune, those rewards are tragically fleeting and she rapidly devolves into prostitution as her only means of survival. This play presents sexuality and violence very candidly, to the point that it might make more sensitive readers uncomfortable or upset. A novelty when first printed, this play still pushes the limits of what individuals might feel is acceptable to explore in literature.

While tragic in nature, Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit) a Tragedy in Four Acts is a wonderful example of an epic play when paired with its sister work. Wedekind's undertaking is no small matter, and readers will find this play both engaging, and entertaining as a complex and dramatic work. The popularity of this piece should also be noted, as it has been crafted into an opera, a motion picture, was the inspiration for a collaboration rock album, and is currently being adapted into a series of comics.

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Title:Erdgeist (Earth-Spirit): A Tragedy in Four Acts (Classic Reprint)
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:96 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.2 in
Shipping dimensions:96 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.2 in
Published:December 24, 2018
Publisher:FB&C Ltd
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781330617724

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