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By Arthur Schnitzler

The playwright Arthur Schnitzler is better often called the chronicler of fin de si`ecle Viennese decadence. here's a designated selection of seven of Schnitzler's best-known performs in new English translations which are fluent and expressive and perfect for studying, research, or functionality. around Dance, written within the past due Nineties, exposes sexual lifestyles in Vienna with such witty frankness that it may no longer be staged till after the 1st international struggle, while it provoked a insurrection within the theater and a prosecution for indecency. the gathering additionally comprises Flirtations, the golf green Cockatoo, The final mask, Countess Mizzi, and The great area. those different performs discover love, sexuality, and dying in a number of guises, constantly with a pointy, non-judgemental wisdom of the complexity and secret of the psyche. conversant in Freud and his circle, Schnitzler probes underneath the outside of his characters to discover feelings they slightly comprehend. additionally integrated is the tragicomedy Professor Bernhardi, within which Schnitzler addresses the growing to be anti-Semitism of the interval. The creation by way of Ritchie Robertson explores the performs with regards to Schnitzler's existence, to the tradition of turn-of-the-century Vienna, and to Mordernism mostly.

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Not much doing there. In a private room her voice is adequate, and she sings well enough to please her father–– but one can’t make a living out of that.  What a pity.  I’m glad she’s realized it herself. At least she will be spared the disappointments. I could get her an audition for the chorus in our theatre of course––  Certainly, with a figure like hers!  But that has no long-term prospects.  ,    Girls are always a worry!

Kisses her) There, and now pray be seated!  But the room’s getting frightfully hot.  That’s from all the candles Theodore lit.  And the wine. (She leans back in her chair)  Come over here, now you can try the pièce de résistance. ––  Delicious!... (He gives her more)  Well, Fritz, the moment has arrived. Why don’t you play us something!  Would you like me to, Christine? ––  But something jolly! Theodore fills the glasses.  No more for me. (Drinks)  (sipping) This wine’s really strong.

You are simply not at home.  But the piano can be heard all down the passage... One can also see the lights on from the street.  Why are you being so ridiculous? You are simply not at home.  It just makes me nervous.  Well, what do you expect it’s going to be? –– Or a telegram–– You won’t be getting visitors at (looking at his watch) nine o’clock at night. The bell rings again. –– (To Christine) What’s the matter? –– Fritz comes back with an assumed air of calm.

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