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The Brecht Yearbook 30/ Das Brecht-Jahrbuch Volume 30
Who Was Ruth Berlau? / Wer War Ruth Berlau?
Edited by Stephen Brockmann

The Brecht Yearbook


One of the most controversial aspects of Brecht scholarship in the last two decades has been Bertolt Brecht's relationship with the many women in his life.

Who Was Ruth Berlau? is devoted primarily to the life and work of Bertolt Brecht's collaborator and lover Ruth Berlau, the Danish actress and journalist who accompanied Brecht and his family on their epic journey from Finland across the Soviet Union and the Pacific Ocean, as Brecht sought to escape Nazi Germany. In addition to contributions by leading scholars on Berlau and her relationship to Brecht-scholars including Sabine Kebir, Hans Christian Nørregard, Franka Köpp, and Grischa Meyer—this volume also makes available, for the first time, Brecht's and the great exile filmmaker Fritz Lang's scenario "Never Surrender," a recently discovered preliminary stage of the work on Lang's classic 1943 anti-Nazi film Hangmen Also Die. Included are sections on contemporary theater in Great Britain, Hungary, and Brazil; music, theater, and politics; and the Brechtian Lehrstück and the concept of Gestus. Roughly half of the contributions to Volume 30 are in English and half are in German.

Stephen Brockmann is professor of German at Carnegie Mellon University and the managing editor of the Brecht Yearbook. He is the author of, among others, Literature and German Reunification and German Literary Culture at the Zero Hour.

Distributed for the International Brecht Society

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cover of Brecht 30 is black and white, with a strip of snapshots of Ruth Berlau down the right hand edge

July 2005
400 pp.   6 x 9   12 b/w illus.
In German and English

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ISBN 978-0-9718963-3-8
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