Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht was born on the 10th of February 1898 in Augsburg, Bavaria and died in Berlin in 1956. He belonged to a well-off family but from a very young age he decided to live far from the conventions and discipline of the bourgeoisie.

A poet, theatre director and dramatist who wanted to stir the conscience of the theatregoer, his work is bound up with his political commitment together with a rigorous feeling that the form and the nature of art are intimately linked.

Because of his opposition to Hitler�s government he fled from Germany in 1933 to live in Scandinavia and in 1941 he settled in California. It is in this period that he published his most famous works: Life of Galileo, Mother Courage and her Children, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle.

The Children�s Crusade was published for the first time in 1948 in Tales from the Calendar.

Selected bibliography

The Threepenny Opera, 1928.
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahaggony, 1927-1929.
Life of Galileo, 1938-1939.
Mother Courage and her Children, 1941.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle, 1944-1945.