Bismarck, Otto v.
Kleist, Heinrich v.
Ossietzky, Carl v.
Schinkel, Karl Friedrich
b. Feb. 10, 1898, Augsburg
d. Aug. 14, 1956, East Berlin
original name EUGEN BERTHOLD FRIEDRICH BRECHT, German poet, playwright, and
theatrical reformer whose epic theatre departed from the conventions of theatrical
illusion and developed the drama as a social and ideological forum for leftist causes.
Brecht was, first, a superior poet, with a command of many styles and moods. As a
playwright he was an intensive worker, a restless piecer-together of ideas not always
his own (The Threepenny Opera is based on John Gay's Beggar's Opera, and
Edward II on Marlowe), a sardonic humorist, and a man of rare musical and visual
awareness; but he was often bad at creating living characters or at giving his plays
tension and shape. As a producer he liked lightness, clarity, and firmly knotted
narrative sequence; a perfectionist, he forced the German theatre, against its nature, to
underplay. As a theoretician he made principles out of his preferences--and even out of
The International Brecht Society
Bertolt Brecht Turns 100: A Web Exhibit
Brecht-Links from Fachinformationen Germanistik
CWRU: Bertolt Brecht
Bertolt Brechts 100. Geburtstag
Wolf Biermann über Brecht
The Brecht Centennial Page
The Influence of Brecht
Brecht: Leben und Werke
Brechts "Leben des Galilei"
Bertolt Brecht Chronology
Bertolt Brecht: Biography and Works
Links zu Bertolt Brecht from Stuttgarter Zeitung
"Brecht, Bertolt" Encyclopædia Britannica Online.