The Shape of Brecht's Duchess of Malfi


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Brecht's adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi (John Webster's 1613 tragedy) is for many reasons a theatrical curiosity. It is one of five plays that Brecht wrote during his six-year stay in this country. During his exile in the United States between the years 1941-47, Brecht wrote three original plays (The Visions of Simone Machard, Schweyk in the Second World War, The Caucasian Chalk Circle), the English-language version of Galileo, and the controversial adaptation of The Duchess of Malfi. The Duchess is notable as the only one of Brecht's "American" works to reach the professional stage during his years of exile. The New York production of Galileo opened on December 7, 1947, but Brecht had already left the country.

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