The Danton Case and Thermidor: Two Plays (Paperback)

The Danton Case and Thermidor: Two Plays By Stanislawa Przybyszewska, Boleslaw Taborski (Translated by) Cover Image

The Danton Case and Thermidor: Two Plays (Paperback)

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Stanislawa Przybyszewski is recognized as a major twentieth-century playwright on the basis of her trilogy about the French Revolution, of which The Danton Case and Thermidor are the principal parts. The Danton Case depicts the battle for power between two exceptional individuals: the corrupt sentimental idealist, Danton, and the incorruptible genius of the Revolution, Robespierre. Thermidor shows the final playing out of this drama, as Robespierre, left alone with the heroic absolutist Saint-Just, foresees the ruin of himself and his cause, and in his despair predicts that hatred, war, and capitalism will steal the Revolution and corrupt nineteenth-century man.
Stanisława Przybyszewski (1901-35), the illegitimate daughter of the modernist writer StanisławPrzybyszewski, became famous in her own right only after her death. Today she is recognized as a major twentieth-century playwright on the basis of her trilogy about the French Revolution, of which The Danton Case and Thermidor are the principal parts.

Bolesław Taborski, a poet, theatre critic, and translator, is the author of Byron and the Teatre and Polish Plays in English Translations: A Bibliography. His translations also include two works by Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II), Collected Plays and Writings on Theatre and The Jeweler's Shop, and Jan Kott's Shakespeare Our Contemporary. He lives in London.

Daniel Gerould is Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He has published numerous translations of Polish works and with Jadwiga Kosicka is the co-author of A Life of Solitude: Stanisława Przybyszewska: A Biographical Study with Selected Letters, also published by Northwestern University Press.
Product Details ISBN: 9780810108066
ISBN-10: 0810108062
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication Date: July 1st, 1990
Pages: 297
Language: English