The Collected Poems of Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (Author) David Constantine (Translator)
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$49.95  $45.95
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
December 04, 2018
6.1 X 2.6 X 9.3 inches | 3.75 pounds
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About the Author

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) is acknowledged as one of the great dramatists whose plays, work with the Berliner Ensemble and critical writings have had a considerable influence on the theatre. His landmark plays include The Threepenny Opera, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, The Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and Her Children and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

David Constantine is a freelance writer and translator. His most recent volume of poetry is Elder (2014); his fourth collection of short stories, Tea at the Midland, won the Frank O' Connor International Short Story Award in 2013.
Tom Kuhn is Professor of 20th century German Literature at St Hugh's College, University of Oxford, UK, and General Editor of Bloomsbury Methuen Drama's Brecht publications.


Richly political, finally honed like a monster being restrained but gentle enough to tell the children a story.--Eileen Myles, author of I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems 1975-2014 and Inferno (a poet's novel)
This immense collection of Brecht's poems amounts to a running record of his many lives as a theorist, dramatist, polemicist, and now poet... The assembled throng gives the reader immediate access to the interior of Brecht's restless, oceanic mind.--Billy Collins, former Poet Laureate of the United States
A remarkable feat in getting the erotic and political fervor and humor of Bertolt Brecht into a strong answering voice.--Harold Bloom, author of The Western Canon and The Anxiety of Influence
A breath of fresh air... Within the bold statements, the direct speech and the willful naivety there's a lyrical dynamism and verbal agility that allows its author to dance and skip his way through the potential pitfalls of political rhetoric.--Simon Armitage, author of The Story of the Iliad and Walking Home: A Poet's Journey
His poetry served as the lyric laboratory of his personal, political, and philosophical ideas. Thanks to this astonishing compendium, English-speakers finally have access to this essential aspect of Brecht's writing and thinking.--Yuval Sharon, director of Doctor Atomic and MacArthur "Genius Grant" recipient
Brecht was a great a poet as he was a playwright: pungent and moving, both sharply aphoristic and generously expansive, morally committed, with a deep, complicating sense of his own mixed motives, and with unexpected moments of emotional intensity.--Edward Mendelson, author of Moral Agents: Eight Twentieth-Century American Writers
We need Brecht more than ever, no less for his capacity to so movingly "take pleasure also / in the song of every blackbird after me" than for the power of his political poems and songs to take on demagogues and dickheads.--Paul Muldoon, author of One Thousand Things Worth Knowing and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
This immense books of poems couldn't be less obscure or difficult--not that they lack subtleties, especially of voice.... The poetry of protest--against war, fascism, prostitution, poverty cruelty, and callousness--has no finer practitioner, whose work these formally faithful translations make almost as powerful in English as in German.--Ray Olson, Booklist (starred review)
Surely no other writer was ever so patient, funny and astute about human frailty.... These versions hold up very well to close study, especially in matters of rhyming, usually the downfall of translators.... Kuhn and Constantine speak eloquently of the ways in which Brecht's poem 'are never just the servant of his politics...they exceed his engagement in the particular and necessary cause.--Michael Wood, London Review of Books
Universality makes [Brecht's] poetry as essential a voice of his time as Yeats, Maya Angelou, or Muriel Rukeyser.... translators Kuhn and Constantine offer English speakers an indispensable resource into the intellect and soul of one of the 20th century's greatest writers.... The succinct and superb introductions by the editors take us on the journey of Brecht's life.... This collection is a necessary starting place for what will hopefully be a long history of translations of Brecht's poems into English.... The arrival of Brecht's poems at this moment in American history could hardly be better timed -- although by better I most certainly mean worse, since it offers no relief to say that the most political of Brecht's poems could have been written this morning.--Yuval Sharon, Los Angeles Review of Books