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Considered by many to be one of Brecht's masterpieces, Galileo explores the question of a scientist's social and ethical responsibility, as the brilliant Galileo must choose between his life and his life's work when confronted with the demands of the Inquisition. Through the dramatic characterization of the famous physicist, Brecht examines the issues of scientific morality and the difficult relationship between the intellectual and authority. This version of the play is the famous one that was brought to completion by Brecht himself, working with Charles Laughton, who played Galileo in the first two American productions (Hollywood and New York, 1947). Since then the play has become a classic in the world repertoire. "The play which most strongly stamped on my mind a sense of Brecht's great stature as an artist of the modern theatre was Galileo." - Harold Clurman; "Thoughtful and profoundly sensitive." - Newsweek.
Brecht was among the blacklisted authors whose works were burned wholesale by the German Student Union beginning in 1933 in Nazi Germany. After fleeing to the U.S., he was later called before the House of Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 due to suspected "revolutionary" and communist sympathies. Galileo, one of Brecht's masterpieces published in exile, explores the ethical and social responsibilities that accompany intellectual labor that conflicts with authority.
Publisher: Grove Press
Publication Date: 01/11/1994 - 12:00am
On Sale: 01/11/1994 - 12:00am