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Selected Plays, Volume II

Selected Plays, Volume II

August Strindberg

ISBN: 9780816679744

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This second volume of the great Swedish writer August Strindberg's plays begins with "To Damascus I "(1898), the first of a trilogy. It mirrors his own departure from the naturalism he had explored in several of his earlier works, as he set forth on a spiritual odyssey. "Crimes and Crimes" (1899), from the beginning of his symbolist mode, is a lighter take on the themes in "To Damascus I." The first of a two-part play, "Dance of Death I "(1900) depicts a dysfunctional marriage. "A Dream Play" (1901), which is one of Strindberg's most influential, shows reality converted into a dream; many critics consider it his greatest play. In 1907, Strindberg founded the Intimate Theater in Stockholm; "The Ghost Sonata" (1907) and "The Pelican" (1907), which were written for its opening, are two examples of a chamber play, a genre that Strindberg helped to originate.

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