Bertolt Brecht was a prolific writer and an influential dramatist and playwright of his time. Born on February 10, 1898 in Ausburgs, Germany, Eugen Berthold Friedrich Brecht was known for his work in and contributions to the genre of epic theatre. His works were tremendously popular with his contemporaries; his drama Dreigroshenoper was huge in the 1920s. He, like many of his fellow Expressionist artists and writers, left Germany in 1933, and moved to Scandinavia where he remained for a few years.
It was during his exile in Scandinavia that Brecht created some of his better-known plays, while back home in Germany his works were being burned. Brecht left Scandinavia for the United States in 1941, where he remained until 1947. After giving evidence for the House Un-American Activities Committee in the United States, he once again moved countries, this time to Zurich for a brief stint before resettling in Berlin. He died in East Berlin of a heart attack on August 14, 1956.
Brecht’s works have been translated into languages other than German, including English. To find English language translations, please refer to books in McKeldin and Clarice Smith Libraries. For the German Language originals, visit Hornbake Library.
From Die heilige Johanna der Schlachthöfe; Die drei Soldaten; Die Mutter; Die Spitzköpfe und die Rundköpfe. (Pub. 1959) Rare Stacks PT2603.R397 A6 1959b