Brecht on Theatre: The Development of an Aesthetic Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. In the editor's opinion, in what way did Brecht's ideas on theatre evolve?

Brecht's ideas on theatre evolved through painstaking re-working of his ideas. People generally think the ideas sprang out his his head fully-formed, though this is not the case.

2. Why was the editor not allowed to reproduce all of Brecht's essays?

The editor was not allowed to reproduce all of Brecht's essays because he did not have the first rights to them. A German publisher has published them under the name Schriften zum Theater.

3. Why have cuts been made in some of Brecht's essays in this book?

Cuts have been made in some of Brecht's essays in this book to reduce redundancies and irrelevancies. There was also a need to keep the book a manageable length.

4. What has the translation tried to convey?

The translation has tried to convey the flavor of Brecht's style as it evolved. The first essays are aggressive and that latter ones have a slightly-forced formality to them.

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