Don Carlos

Don Carlos

And, Mary Stuart

Book - 1996
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Blackwell North Amer
Don Carlos and Mary Stuart, two of German literature's greatest historical dramas, deal with the timeless issues of power, freedom, and justice.
Dating from 1787 and 1800 respectively, one play was written immediately before the French Revolution, the other in its aftermath. Both dramatize periods of crisis in sixteenth-century Europe, and in doing so reflect Schiller's passionate engagement with the great themes of his own age - justice, power, freedom of conscience, legitimacy of government.
A youthful work, Don Carlos shows the victory of the forces of reaction over the representatives of a new age. Mary Stuart shows the struggle of the Scottish queen in the last days of her life, not only for freedom but also for peace with her conscience, and that of her English rival, Elizabeth I, with the challenge of ruling justly. A vivid imaginative experience when read, these plays, with their starkly contrasting characters and thrilling confrontations, also demonstrate Schiller's brilliant stagecraft.
These new translations into blank verse are accurate, elegant, and playable. The introduction, notes, and chronology set the plays in their cultural and intellectual background, while a family tree explains the historical relationship between Don Carlos and Mary Stuart.

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
ISBN: 9780192823731
0192823736
Branch Call Number: 832.6 SCH
Characteristics: xxx, 359 p. : ill. ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Mary Stuart

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