Spring Awakening: A Play

byFrank WedekindTranslated byJonathan Franzen

September 14, 2007|
Spring Awakening: A Play by Frank Wedekind
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First performed in Germany in 1906, Frank Wedekind''s controversial play Spring Awakening closed after one night in New York in 1917 amid charges of obscenity and public outrage. For the better part of the twentieth century Wedekind''s intense body of work was largely unpublished and rarely performed. Yet the play''s subject matter-teenage desire, suicide, abortion, and homosexuality-is as explosive and important today as it was acentury ago. Spring Awakening follows the lives of three teenagers, Melchior, Moritz, and Wendl, as they navigate their entry into sexual awareness. Unlike so many works that claim to tell the truth of adolescence, Spring Awakening offers no easy answersor redemption.

Today, one hundred years after the play''s first performance, a new musical version of this essential modern masterpiece is being hailed as the "best new musical . . . in a generation" (John Heilpern, The New York Observer). Franzen''s version of the text-for so long poorly served in English-is unique in capturing the bizarre and inimitable comic spirit that animates almost every line of this unrelentingly tragic play. There couldn''t be a better time for this thrilling, definitive new translation.

Jonathan Franzen is the author of The Corrections, winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/Faulkner. He is also the author of Freedom, selected for Oprah''s Book Club, The Twenty-Seventh City and Strong Motion, and two works of nonfiction, How to Be Alone and The Discomfort Zone, all publishe...
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Title:Spring Awakening: A Play
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:112 pages, 8.2 X 5.58 X 0.31 in
Shipping dimensions:112 pages, 8.2 X 5.58 X 0.31 in
Published:September 14, 2007
Publisher:Farrar, Straus And Giroux
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780865479784

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