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The Threepenny Opera Paperback - 2007

by Bertolt Brecht; John Willett (Translator); Ralph Manheim (Translator)

Brutal, scandalous, perverted, yet humorous, hummable, and with a happy ending-Bertolt Brecht's revolutionary masterpiece The Threepenny Opera is a landmark of modern drama that has become embedded in the Western cultural imagination. Through the love story of Polly Peachum and "Mack the Knife" Macheath, the play satirizes the bourgeois of the Weimar Republic, revealing a society at the height of decadence and on the verge of chaos. Complemented with music by Kurt Weill, it was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz into the theater, and the song "Mack the Knife" became one of the most popular and widely recorded songs of the twentieth century.


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Brutal, scandalous, perverted, yet humorous, hummable, and with a happy ending- Bertolt Brecht's revolutionary masterpiece The Threepenny Opera is a landmark of modern drama that has become embedded in the Western cultural imagination. Through the love story of Polly Peachum and "Mack the Knife" Macheath, the play satirizes the bourgeois of the Weimar Republic, revealing a society at the height of decadence and on the verge of chaos. Complemented with music by Kurt Weill, it was one of the earliest and most successful attempts to introduce jazz into the theater, and the song "Mack the Knife" became one of the most popular and widely recorded songs of the twentieth century.

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Nadine Gordimer is the author of eleven previous novels, as well as collections of stories and essays. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize (for The Conservationist in 1974) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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  • Title The Threepenny Opera
  • Author Bertolt Brecht; John Willett (Translator); Ralph Manheim (Translator)
  • Binding Paperback
  • Edition [ Edition: Repri
  • Pages 129
  • Volumes 1
  • Language ENG
  • Publisher Penguin Group, NEW YORK
  • Date December 18, 2007
  • ISBN 9780143105169 / 0143105167
  • Weight 0.31 lbs (0.14 kg)
  • Dimensions 7.79 x 6.55 x 0.49 in (19.79 x 16.64 x 1.24 cm)
  • Ages 18 to UP years
  • Grade levels 13 - UP
  • Library of Congress subjects Brecht, Bertolt
  • Library of Congress Catalog Number 2007040164
  • Dewey Decimal Code 832.912

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"The Threepenny Opera and Mother Courage are the great plays of our time."
-Lillian Hellman

About the author

Nadine Gordimer is the author of eleven previous novels, as well as collections of stories and essays. She has received many awards, including the Booker Prize (for The Conservationist in 1974) and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1991. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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